Thu, 17 Jun 2021

BEIJING, July 16 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil registered 1,233 new deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the nationwide count to 75,366, the country's health ministry said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, 39,924 newly confirmed cases were reported, taking its total to 1,966,748, the ministry said.

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CAPE TOWN -- South Africa's COVID-19 cases on Wednesday reached 311,049, comprising about half of the cumulative number of confirmed cases on the African continent.

A total of 12,757 cases were reported in the past 24 hours, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in his daily update.

Meanwhile, 107 more deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 4,453.

The total number of recoveries stood at 160,693, with a recovery rate of 51.7 percent, the minister said.

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KAMPALA -- Uganda's Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga on Wednesday announced that all the 457 legislators and 400 parliamentary staff will start on Thursday to get tested for COVID-19.

"I am glad to inform you that since the ministry of health has completed the screening of all cabinet ministers, mass testing will be done here at the parliament," Kadaga said in a statement issued by the parliament here.

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PARIS -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) remains "fully committed" to staging the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021 and is considering "multiple scenarios" to ensure the safety of all participants, IOC president Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.

The Tokyo Olympic Games, which was initially scheduled to start on July 24 this year, has been postponed by one year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

"We are working all together with our Japanese partners and friends to celebrate the Games next year from July 23 until August 8, 2021," Bach told reporters in a conference call after the IOC Executive Board meeting on Wednesday.

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BEIJING -- The Chinese mainland reported one new imported COVID-19 case Wednesday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,989, the National Health Commission said Thursday.

The imported case was reported in Shanghai, the commission said in its daily report.

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BEIJING -- The National Health Commission said Thursday that 26 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on the Chinese mainland Wednesday.

There were 259 patients still being treated, including three in severe condition, the commission said in its daily report.

Altogether 78,719 patients had been cured and discharged from hospitals by Wednesday, the report said.

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NEW YORK -- Global COVID-19 deaths surpassed 580,000 on Wednesday, reaching 580,038 as of 11:34 a.m. (1534 GMT), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, the total COVID-19 cases around the world rose to 13,382,020, according to the CSSE.

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