Mon, 01 Mar 2021

BEIJING, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BOGOTA -- Colombia registered 17,908 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 1,956,979, said the Ministry of Health and Social Protection on Wednesday.

The country reported 390 more deaths, raising the national death toll to 49,792, with a total of 1,786,170 recoveries, said the ministry.

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ADDIS ABABA -- The Ethiopian Ministry of Health on Wednesday confirmed 307 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 132,034.

The ministry reported seven new COVID-19-related deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 2,044 as of Wednesday evening.

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QINGDAO -- The coastal city of Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, reported one new confirmed COVID-19 case and one new asymptomatic infection on Wednesday, local health authorities said Thursday.

The two cases are a couple and were reported in Pingdu, which is administered by Qingdao. They had travelled to the city of Anda in Heilongjiang Province before returning to their home in Pingdu on Jan. 14, according to the Qingdao Municipal Health Commission.

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BEIJING -- The Chinese mainland on Wednesday reported 144 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 126 locally transmitted and 18 arriving from outside the mainland, the National Health Commission said Thursday.

Of the locally transmitted cases, 68 were reported in Heilongjiang, 33 in Jilin, 20 in Hebei, two each in Beijing and Shanxi, and one in Shandong, the commission said in its daily report.

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HARARE -- The Zimbabwean government said Wednesday that it was reducing the number of workers present at the office to 10 percent to slow the spread of COVID-19.

A memorandum from Acting Secretary of the Public Service Commission Moses Mhike to heads of government ministries announced the new measure regarding the containment of COVID-19 in the workplace.

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