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BEIJING, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 10,207,871 on Monday, as 20,021 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, the latest data from the federal health ministry showed.

Sunday was the first time in six months when the number of new cases had fallen below the 20,000-mark.

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UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations (UN) on Sunday commemorated the first International Day of Epidemic Preparedness, underscoring the need to learn lessons from the coronavirus pandemic, and urging greater investments in preparedness, to confront future health emergencies.

"This first observance of the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness falls at the end of a year in which a scenario many had feared came tragically true ... As we strive to control and recover from the current pandemic, we must think about the next," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a message.

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BRUSSELS -- Around Sunday, several European countries launched COVID-19 vaccination as the first batch of vaccines was distributed among European Union member states, in the hope of defeating the virus.

"Today all Greeks are smiling behind our masks. The vaccine is the only way to be able to permanently leave behind this COVID adventure," said Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who, together with President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, was among the first Greeks vaccinated against COVID-19 on Sunday.

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BEIJING -- Beijing reported one new imported confirmed case of COVID-19 on Sunday, local health authorities said Monday.

The patient is a 37-year-old Chinese man who lived in Sweden and arrived at the Beijing Capital International Airport on a flight from Stockholm on Saturday, according to the Beijing municipal health commission.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday night signed the government spending and COVID-19 relief package into law, averting a government shutdown and delivering aid to individuals and businesses as the pandemic worsens.

Trump signed off the 2.3-trillion-U.S.-dollar spending package days after he asked Congress to remove wasteful items in the bill and boost the amount of stimulus checks to 2,000 dollars for individuals, up from 600 dollars.

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SEOUL -- Seven more U.S. soldiers and three civilians in South Korea tested positive for COVID-19, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Monday.

The USFK said in a statement that 10 USFK-affiliated individuals were confirmed with COVID-19 after arriving in South Korea between Dec. 10 and Dec. 23.

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