Thu, 21 Oct 2021

BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ANKARA -- Turkey on Thursday confirmed 28,118 new COVID-19 cases, raising its tally of infections to 6,767,008, according to its health ministry.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 262 to 60,903, while 32,249 more people recovered in the last 24 hours.

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UNITED NATIONS -- Schools for nearly 77 million students in six countries continue to be almost completely closed 18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an updated data analysis released on Thursday by the UN Children's Fund.

The six countries are Bangladesh, Kuwait, Panama, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

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OTTAWA -- Canada reported 4,665 new cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday evening, bringing the cumulative total to 1,564,088 cases, including 27,325 deaths, according to CTV.

Alberta province, which has a population of 4.4 million, reported 1,718 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths on Thursday.

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Ministry of Health on Thursday reported 8,586 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the tally of infections in the country to 1,208,144.

The ministry also reported 21 new deaths from the virus, taking the death toll in the country to 7,465, while the number of patients in serious condition increased from 650 to 654, the ministry said.

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TEHRAN -- Iran's health ministry on Thursday reported 18,021 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country's total infections to 5,378,408.

The pandemic has so far claimed 116,072 lives in the country, after 453 new deaths were registered in the past 24 hours, said the update by Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

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RABAT -- Morocco announced on Thursday 2,432 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally of infections in the North African country to 913,423.

The total number of recoveries from COVID-19 in Morocco increased by 3,672 to 872,976.

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore reported 910 new cases of COVID-19 infection on Thursday, bringing the total tally in the city-state to 74,848.

Of the new cases, 803 are in the community, 103 in the migrant worker dormitories and the other four are imported ones, the Ministry of Health said in a statement. Among the local new cases reported Thursday 244 are seniors above 60 years.

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