Thu, 15 Apr 2021

BEIJING, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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OTTAWA-- Canada has confirmed 1,010 COVID-19 variant cases, the Public Health Agency of Canada said Friday.

Out of the 1,010, 964 are B.1.1.7 variant cases, 44 are B.1.351 variant cases and two are P.1 variant cases.

Over the past week, an average of 97,120 tests were completed daily, of which 3.2 percent were positive for COVID-19 and an average of 2,960 new cases and 52 deaths were reported daily.

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VALLETTA -- Malta reported 258 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest daily increase since the start of the pandemic in the country, according to health authorities.

The previous record of 245 new cases was registered on Jan. 9.

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ALGIERS -- Algeria on Friday reported 183 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number in the North African country to 112,805.

The death toll from the virus rose to 2,977 after four new fatalities were added, said the Algerian Ministry of Health in a statement.

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HAVANA -- Cuba on Friday reported 875 COVID-19 infections in 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 48,441, along with two more deaths for a total of 314, the Ministry of Public Health said.

According to its daily report, 43,735 patients, or 90.3 percent, have recovered from the disease, while 4,336 cases remain active.

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SANTIAGO -- Chile's Health Ministry on Friday reported 4,586 new COVID-19 infections and 90 deaths in the last 24 hours, for accumulative 816,929 cases and 20,400 deaths.

Chilean Health Minister Enrique Paris said in a statement that new cases of the virus have fallen by 3 percent in the past two weeks, while 11 regions in the country have seen a decline in infections in the same period.

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TUNIS -- Tunisian Health Ministry on Friday reported 666 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections in the country to 231,964.

The death toll from the virus rose by 31 to 7,942, the ministry said in a statement.

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RABAT -- Morocco registered 480 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the total tally in the North African country to 482,994, the health ministry said in a statement.

The total number of recoveries from COVID-19 in Morocco increased to 468,387 after 846 new ones were added.

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia confirmed 26 more local COVID-19 cases on Saturday, raising the total number of infected people linked to the third community transmission to 259, said a Ministry of Health (MoH) statement.

The new cases were found in capital Phnom Penh and southwestern Preah Sihanouk province, MoH's secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine said in the statement, adding that they were all related to the third community outbreak on Feb. 20.

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LONDON -- Another 8,523 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,163,085, according to official figures released Friday.

The country also reported another 345 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 122,415. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

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BEIRUT -- Lebanon registered on Friday 3,373 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections to 369,675, the Health Ministry reported.

Meanwhile, death toll from the virus went up by 50 to 4,610.

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