Sat, 17 Apr 2021

BEIJING, March 3 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LUANDA -- Angola rolled out its mass vaccination against COVID-19 on Tuesday, with a 71-year-old nurse receiving the country's first jab.

Angola received 624,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on Tuesday, as part of the COVAX initiative backed by the World Health Organization.

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported two more COVID-19 cases in managed isolation and no new cases in the community on Wednesday.

The two imported cases came from India and the United States respectively. The U.S. case arrived on Feb. 22 and is classified as historical and not infectious, according to the Ministry of Health.

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ACCRA -- Ghana will soon record a dramatic drop in COVID-19 cases as a vaccination roll-out program started to be launched here on Tuesday, said Charity Sarpong, Greater Accra Regional Director for Health Services Charity.

The roll-out of the vaccination program is the biggest game-changer in the containment of the virus, according to her.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 444 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Tuesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 90,816.

The daily caseload was up from 344 in the previous day, rising above 400 in four days.

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian football legend Pele has described his COVID-19 vaccination as "unforgettable" and called for global cooperation to end the pandemic.

The 80-year-old was inoculated on Tuesday, around six weeks after Brazil began its coronavirus vaccine rollout.

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BEIJING -- Ten new imported COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday on the Chinese mainland, bringing the total number of imported cases to 5,030.

Five imported cases were newly reported in Sichuan, three in Guangdong, and one each in Yunnan and Shaanxi, the National Health Commission said in its daily report Wednesday.

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KIEV -- Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky was vaccinated against COVID-19 with AstraZeneca vaccine during his working trip to the Luhansk region, the president's press service reported on Tuesday.

"Vaccination is important. I know what COVID-19 is because I had this disease. Therefore, I suggest that everyone is vaccinated. Despite the fact that I recovered from COVID-19, my antibody level is very low," Zelensky said after the vaccination at a military mobile hospital on Tuesday.

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BUCHAREST -- The Republic of Moldova kicked off its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Tuesday, with first-line medical staff being administered first.

As many as 751 medical employees were immunized on the first day of the vaccination campaign, according to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection.

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QUITO -- Ecuador on Tuesday reported 358 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus disease and 17 more deaths from the disease in the last 24 hours, raising the total caseload to 286,725 and the death toll to 11,095.

According to the Health Ministry, 86.63 percent or 247,898 people of the total number of confirmed cases nationwide recovered from the disease.

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PARIS -- French health authorities on Tuesday reported 22,857 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, sharply up from Monday's 4,703 and higher than the 20,064 daily cases registered a week ago.

The cumulative number of patients who have caught the respiratory illness rose to 3,783,528, the sixth-highest tally in the world. Coronavirus-linked fatalities were at 87,220 after 417 died within one day, including 117 in retirement homes.

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TIRANA -- The Albanian government is working on creating a COVID-19 vaccine passport in case other countries impose its use as a requirement, Prime Minister Edi Rama declared on Tuesday.

Speaking at a weekly press conference on the economy, Rama said the government is working to create a COVID-19 vaccine passport for all the citizens that have received a vaccine against COVID-19 in order to facilitate their movement in case other countries impose this as a requirement.

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