Fri, 27 Nov 2020

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

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TEHRAN -- Iran has joined the COVAX initiative, which aims at working with vaccine manufacturers to provide world safe and effective vaccines, Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education announced on Monday.

The ministry has signed the letter for joining the COVAX initiative and has officially become a part of it, Heidar Mohammadi, director-general of Drugs and Controlled Substances of the ministry, was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency.

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BEIJING -- The global COVID-19 caseload surpassed the milestone of 40 million on Monday, reaching 40,040,902, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

The number of victims who have succumbed to the disease worldwide totaled 1,113,750, the data showed.

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SYDNEY -- Another 24 COVID-19 positive crew members have been diagnosed aboard a livestock carrier docked at Fremantle Port in the state of Western Australia (WA), local authorities confirmed on Monday.

So far 25 crew members have tested positive for the virus and more cases could be reported in the coming days, given there are still 52 crew members on board, the state's Premier Mark McGowan said.

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MOSCOW -- Russia registered 15,982 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, setting a new all-time high as the pandemic resurges, the country's COVID-19 response center said Monday.

Russia's cumulative number of coronavirus cases has grown to 1,415,316, including 24,366 deaths and 1,075,904 recoveries, the center said in a statement.

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, taking Hong Kong's total tally to 5,256.

Among the newly reported cases, 14 had a travel history during the incubation period. The remaining case was epidemiologically linked with local case, the CHP said.

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