Mon, 01 Mar 2021

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

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 7,300 within one day to 1,278,653, with the death toll adding by 173 to 34,489, the health ministry said on Sunday.

According to the ministry, 8,236 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 1,087,076.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported 3,297 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, bringing the national total to 283,569, the health ministry said.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that six of the new cases are imported and 3,291 are local transmissions.

Another five deaths have been reported, pushing the death toll to 1,056.

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JERUSALEM -- Israel reopened large parts of its economy on Sunday after an almost two-month COVID-19 lockdown, using "Green Pass" to lift some restrictions for vaccinated people while maintaining several bans on unvaccinated people.

Shops, malls and street markets were opened for all.

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KATHMANDU -- Nepal received an additional 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from India on Sunday, as the country prepares to launch the second phase of the inoculation drive on March 7, according to the Ministry of Health and Population.

Nepal received 1 million doses of the Covishield vaccine provided by the Indian government as grant assistance on Jan. 21.

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SHIJIAZHUANG -- North China's Hebei Province, hit by a recent resurgence of COVID-19, will have no medium- or high-risk areas for the virus, after the provincial capital Shijiazhuang announced the decision to downgrade its last medium-risk district Sunday.

City officials of Shijiazhuang said at a press conference that the city's Gaocheng District will be downgraded to a low-risk area on Monday after local communities found no new confirmed cases during screening over the past two weeks, with all results coming back negative in district-wide nucleic acid testing.

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ADDIS ABABA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent reached 3,819,576 as of Sunday noon, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said.

According to the continental disease control and prevention agency's Africa COVID-19 dashboard, the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 100,993 as of Sunday.

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