Fri, 16 Apr 2021

BEIJING, March 2 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HAVANA -- Cuba's Public Health Ministry on Monday reported 811 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 50,590, as well as two more deaths for an accumulation of 324.

During his daily televised report, the ministry's national director of hygiene and epidemiology Francisco Duran said that of the total number of cases in one day, 804 were community transmitted, indicating that community transmission is still very high.

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PARIS -- France has recorded a total of 86,803 coronavirus-related fatalities as of Monday, with 375 new deaths registered in the past 24 hours, according to health authorities.

According to figures posted on the government data website, the number of new cases dropped to 4,703 on Monday from 19,952 reported a day before due to the closure of many testing centers at the weekend.

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WARSAW -- The recently accelerated new wave of COVID-19 infections in Poland is primarily caused by the variant first identified in Britain, Polish Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said Monday.

"The increasing share of the mutation (detected in Britain) can result in a higher number," he said, adding that the coronavirus reproduction rate currently stood at 1.19 in Poland.

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WASHINGTON -- Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rochelle Walensky warned Monday the country is at risk of losing its recent progress in the battle against COVID-19 if states are rolling back health measures.

"I am really worried about reports that more states are rolling back the exact public health measures we have recommended to protect people from COVID-19," she said.

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 5,479 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, raising the total tally in the country to 779,958.

The death toll from the COVID-19 in Israel reached 5,760 after 22 new fatalities were added, while the number of patients in serious condition decreased from 776 to 737, out of 1,238 hospitalized patients.

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HARARE -- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday lauded China for donating COVID-19 vaccines to Zimbabwe as the country embarks on its inoculation program.

China last week pledged to donate an additional 200,000 Sinopharm COVID-19 doses in additional to 200,000 doses received in the country last month.

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