Thu, 17 Jun 2021

BEIJING, May 17 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SAO PAULO -- Brazil on Sunday reported 1,036 more deaths from COVID-19, raising the national count to 435,751, the Ministry of Health said.

Meanwhile, 40,941 more infections were detected, raising the nationwide tally to 15,627,475.

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SANTIAGO -- Chile reported 6,320 new cases of COVID-19 and 98 more deaths, bringing the total number of cases to 1,286,548 and the death toll to 27,832, the Ministry of Health reported on Sunday.

Minister of Health Enrique Paris said that this week, there has been a "slight drop" in cases and a lower number of patients with the disease in hospitals.

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QUITO -- Ecuador registered 609 cases of COVID-19 and seven more deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 410,129 and the death toll to 14,415, the Ministry of Public Health reported on Sunday.

The ministry said that over the last week, another 11,621 people recovered from the disease, for a total of 54,499, or 86.44 percent of the cumulative infections in the country.

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TUNIS -- Tunisia reported on Sunday 740 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total cases to 326,572, the Tunisian Ministry of Health said.

The death toll in Tunisia rose by 70 to 11,849, while the tally of recoveries reached 287,644, the ministry said in a statement.

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ALGIERS -- The Algerian government on Sunday approved a plan to partially reopen its borders next month, following 14 months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council of Ministers said in a statement after holding a meeting, chaired by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, that a set of proposals, including the partial reopening of land, air and sea borders, were approved at the meeting.

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TEHRAN -- Iran reported on Sunday 11,291 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country's total infections to 2,751,166.

The pandemic has so far claimed 76,936 lives in Iran, up by 303 in the past 24 hours, the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education said in a written briefing on its official website.

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LONDON -- Another 1,926 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,450,777, according to official figures released Sunday.

The country also reported another four coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 127,679. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

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