Tue, 29 Sep 2020

A staff member wearing a face mask and traditional costumes makes pottery with a young visitor during a Moscow City Day cultural event at Kolomenskoye park in Moscow, Russia, Sept. 5, 2020. (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/Xinhua)

-Russia's COVID-19 cases up 5,449 to over 1.06 mln

-Cases in Philippines surge past 260,000 with 3,372 new infections

-Thai university reports positive results in COVID-19 vaccine animal trial

-263 Mongolian nationals return from Japan amid pandemic

BEIJING, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MOSCOW -- Russia registered 5,449 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its nationwide total to 1,062,811, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement Sunday.

Meanwhile, 94 new deaths were reported, taking the death toll to 18,578, it said.

Moscow, the country's worst-hit region, reported 650 new cases, bringing its tally of infections to 271,097, the center said.

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Drivers of public vehicles wearing protective masks register for the COVID-19 test in Manila, the Philippines on Sept. 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

MANILA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 261,216 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,372 new cases on Sunday.

The DOH said that the number of recoveries also rose to 207,568 after 20,472 more patients recovered.

The DOH added that 79 more patients died, bringing the death toll to 4,371.

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BERLIN -- Germany's COVID-19 cases rose by 834 to 259,428 over the past 24 hours, the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases said on Sunday.

The death toll from the disease increased by two to 9,349, it added.

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A lady wearing a mask sits in a bus in Tbilisi, capital city of Georgia, on Aug. 9, 2020. (Photo by Tamuna Kulumbegashvili/Xinhua)

TBILISI -- Georgia reported 152 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing its nationwide count to 2,227, according to the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC).

The NCDC said that 90 of all the new cases were connected with the western Adjara region.

As of Sunday, 1,369 of the 2,227 patients have recovered, while 19 others have died, it added.

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BANGKOK -- A Thai university on Sunday published on its website the positive results in animal trial for a COVID-19 candidate vaccine.

Chulalongkorn University said that its joint research with Baiya Phytopharm, a startup Thai pharmaceutical firm, has shown encouraging results in boosting antibody levels in hamsters, rats and monkeys.

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A citizen wearing a face mask enters a department store with a Tokyo metropolitan government sign to certify that adequate anti-coronavirus measures have been taken at Yurakucho in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug. 15, 2020. (Xinhua/Du Xiaoyi)

ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia has brought back a total of 263 more stranded nationals home from Japan on a chartered flight amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the country's State Emergency Commission (SEC) said Sunday.

The chartered flight from Tokyo to Ulan Bator landed at the Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport on Saturday night, the SEC said in a statement.

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SHANGHAI -- China's Shanghai reported three imported COVID-19 cases and no domestically transmitted cases on Saturday, the municipal health commission said Sunday.

Two of the patients are Chinese nationals from the Philippines and the United States respectively. They arrived at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport on Thursday.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 121 more cases of the COVID-19 as of Saturday midnight, raising the total number of infections to 22,176.

The daily caseload stayed below 200 for 11 straight days, but continued to grow in triple digits since Aug. 14. ■

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