Thu, 15 Apr 2021

BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ADDIS ABABA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has reached 3,963,706 as of Monday noon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

African countries were facing several challenges, as they were in bad need of vaccines, Africa CDC Director John Nkengasong said on Sunday.

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MUSCAT -- The Omani Health Ministry on Monday announced 449 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 144,404, the official Oman News Agency (ONA) reported.

Meanwhile, 370 people recovered during the past 24 hours, taking the overall recoveries to 134,684, while three people reportedly died, pushing the tally up to 1,594, according to a ministry statement quoted by ONA.

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TOKYO -- Japan on Monday confirmed 600 new daily COVID-19 cases, bringing the nation's cumulative total of infections to 441,292.

The nationwide death toll from the virus increased by 45 people on Monday to total 8,321 people, according to the latest figures released Monday evening.

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WASHINGTON -- With the United States hoarding COVID-19 vaccines and insisting on inoculating all its citizens before providing the vaccines to other countries, Washington is "alienating the world," an opinion piece published on Bloomberg's website has said.

"The world had hoped 'America First' would end" when the current U.S. administration replaced that of former President Donald Trump, but "it hasn't," said the article written by Mihir Sharma, a columnist with Bloomberg and senior fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in India.

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DAMASCUS -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma al-Assad were tested positive for COVID-19, state news agency SANA reported on Monday.

After experiencing some symptoms, the president and his wife took the PCR test and the result came positive even though they are in good and stable health, SANA said.

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