Wed, 23 Jun 2021

BEIJING, May 6 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BANGKOK -- Thailand registered 1,911 new COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths over the last 24 hours, the country's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said Thursday.

Of the new infections, 1,902 were domestic transmissions and nine others were quarantined arrivals, CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin told a briefing.

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KABUL -- An additional nine people died from COVID-19 in Afghanistan in the last 24 hours, bringing th death toll to 2,673, the Afghan Ministry of Public Health reported on Thursday.

The ministry also reported 293 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infected people in the Asian country to 61,455, including 4,821 active cases.

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NAIROBI -- Kenya on Thursday welcomed the United States position to temporarily waive intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines in a bid to increase global supplies of desperately needed doses.

Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary, Tourism and Wildlife said the international community should now lobby the big pharmaceutical companies to accept and support this move to facilitate the production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, particularly in Africa.

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COLOMBO -- The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) on Thursday announced a temporary ban taking immediate effect on the arrival of Indian air passengers.

CAASL Additional Director General P. A. Jayakantha said this decision was made in order to prevent the COVID-19 virus variant found in India from entering Sri Lanka.

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MOSCOW -- Russia confirmed 7,639 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the lowest daily number since Sept. 26, taking the nationwide tally to 4,855,128, the official monitoring and response center said Thursday.

The national COVID-19 death toll rose by 351 to 112,246 in the past day, while the number of recoveries grew by 7,788 to 4,472,338.

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MANILA -- The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported on Thursday 6,637 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,080,172.

The death toll climbed to 17,991 after 191 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.

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CANBERRA -- Australia's medical regulator has linked five new cases of blood clotting to the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.

John Skerritt, head of the Therapeutic Goods Administration, on Thursday announced that five recipients of the AstraZeneca vaccine have developed clotting and low platelets.

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