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Coronavirus watch updates, Dec. 4

04 Dec 2020, 20:51 GMT+10

Refrigerated trailers storing bodies of COVID-19 victims are seen at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Brooklyn, New York, the United States, on Dec. 3, 2020. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Xinhua)

- Global COVID-19 deaths pass 1.5 mln mark: Johns Hopkins University

- Biden to urge Americans to wear masks for first 100 days after he takes office

- India's tally reaches 9,571,559 with over 36,000 new cases

- S. Africa tightens regional restriction to curb COVID-19 surge

BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia reported 12 more COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 831, the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said Friday.

The latest confirmed cases were locally transmitted, including three in health workers, said Amarjargal Ambaselmaa, head of the NCCD's Surveillance Department, at a daily press conference.

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore decided on Friday to contribute 5 million U.S. dollars to support low- and lower-middle-income countries get COVID-19 vaccines.

The announcement was made in a joint press statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health.

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VIENTIANE -- Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has underlined the need for multilateral cooperation in developing COVID-19 vaccines and providing them at an affordable price during an address to the United Nations.

Speaking at the Special Session of the UN General Assembly in Response to Coronavirus Disease Pandemic held online on Thursday, PM Thongloun called for the international community to support COVAX -- an initiative working for global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Friday.

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday reiterated his proposal of debt suspension or cancellation for developing countries to avert economic collapse due to the COVID-19 pandemic till the end of the pandemic.

Khan was addressing a UN General Assembly's two-day special session via a video link on the response to the pandemic.

A vendor (front) with face mask sells cotton candy at a market in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, Nov. 26, 2020. (Xinhua/Javed Dar)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally reached 9,571,559 on Friday as 36,595 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the health ministry.

According to the data, the death toll mounted to 139,188 as 540 COVID patients died since Thursday morning.

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HOHHOT -- China's border city of Manzhouli reported three new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases in the past day, local health authorities said Friday.

The new cases were registered in Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Among them, one patient was re-categorized from a previously reported asymptomatic carrier, the regional health commission said.

People wearing face masks visit the National Christmas Tree near the White House in Washington, D.C., the United States, on Dec. 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said on Thursday that he will urge Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days after taking office.

"In the first day I'm inaugurated I'm going to ask the public for 100 days to mask," Biden told Jake Tapper, CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent, in an interview videotaped in Wilmington, Delaware.

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NEW YORK -- The global COVID-19-related deaths have passed the 1.5 million mark, while the caseload worldwide has surpassed 65 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

As of 10:26 p.m. Thursday (0326 GMT Friday), the exact number of the coronavirus cases on the university's COVID-19 dashboard was 65,169,904, and the global death toll stood at 1,505,527.

Customers select goods at a shopping center in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov. 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Chen Cheng)

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JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa will impose additional restrictive measures in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality in an effort to stem the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a televised address on Thursday.

Under the new rules, in addition to the existing Alert Level 1 regulations, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro will impose a curfew from midnight Thursday. ■

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