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Live COVID-19 updates: U.S. cases surpass 23 mln

14 Jan 2021, 11:30 GMT+10

BEIJING, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NEW YORK -- The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 23 million on Wednesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

U.S. COVID-19 case count rose to 23,029,450, with a total of 383,939 deaths, as of 5:22 p.m. local time (2222 GMT), according to the CSSE tally.

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OTTAWA -- Canada continues to see an increase in COVID-19 cases, with the total reaching 680,809, including 17,371 deaths as of Wednesday evening, according to CTV.

Canadian national-level data indicated daily averages of 7,943 new cases over the past seven days and there were 80,793 active cases across the country, said the Public Health Agency of Canada on Wednesday.

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SANTIAGO -- The Chilean Ministry of Health reported 3,394 new daily cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the country's total caseload to 652,525 amid a resurgence of the virus during the austral summer season.

Minister of Health Enrique Paris said Chile's positivity rate rose to 8.19 percent in the past 24 hours.

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PARIS -- France on Wednesday confirmed 23,852 infections with COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, the biggest one-day tally since Jan. 6, as more infectious variants circulate, posing growing risk of the epidemic rebound, health authorities data showed.

France's cumulative number of infections has grown to 2,830,442, with the coronavirus-related deaths surpassing 69,000 after 229 patients died in one day.

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 8,667 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number in the country since late February 2020 to 517,271.

The death toll from COVID-19 in Israel reached 3,803 with 47 new fatalities, while the number of patients in serious condition increased from 1,072 to a new record of 1,094, out of 1,812 hospitalized patients.

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SHIJIAZHUANG -- Construction workers on Wednesday started building a centralized medical observation center in Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei Province, where clustered COVID-19 cases occurred.

Ma Shaohai, a project manager with China Railway 14th Bureau Group Co. Ltd., said after receiving the order for the construction project at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, the company mobilized more than 100 people. They were aided by dozens of types of machinery to carry out the work.

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