Tue, 18 May 2021

BEIJING, April 18 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MANILA -- The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported on Sunday 10,098 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 936,133.

The death toll climbed to 15,960 after 150 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.

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BEIJING -- Nearly 189.81 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across China as of Saturday, the National Health Commission said Sunday.

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NEW DELHI -- India was making efforts to arrange about 6,000 extra beds with oxygen facilities for the COVID-19 patients in Delhi, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday.

He said the number of ICU (intensive care unit) beds could be increased "up to a certain limitation."

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BANGKOK -- Thailand on Sunday reported a new daily record of 1,767 COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths as the government's fresh round of restrictions came into effect amid the third wave of infections.

The latest outbreak, reportedly spreading from entertainment venues in the capital Bangkok, has led Thailand's daily tally to rise from only 26 on April 1 to near 1,800, bringing the national cumulative caseload to 42,352.

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ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia reported 1,340 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, a new record high of daily cases, bringing the national tally to 21,995, the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases said Sunday.

A previous record of 1,220 cases was set on Wednesday.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 672 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Saturday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 114,115.

The daily caseload was up from 658 the previous day, staying above 600 for five straight days.

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CANBERRA -- The Australian government has flagged greater freedoms for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Stuart Robert, minister for employment, workforce, skills, small and family business, said on Sunday that vaccinated Australians could be allowed to travel overseas and quarantine at home on their return before the "vast majority" of the population has been inoculated.

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