Thu, 24 Jun 2021

BEIJING, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported nine new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, eight of which have been detected in the government managed isolation facilities, while one is a household contact connected to the marine employee cluster and was already in self-isolation.

Seven of the cases in managed isolation involve fishing crew at a Christchurch isolation facility. These were picked up at day six testing and more positive results are expected from this group as more tests are processed on Friday, according to the Ministry of Health.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Former Vice President Joe Biden slammed President Donald Trump for mishandling the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday night at the final presidential debate, while Trump defended the administration's response to the crisis.

"We're in a circumstance where the president thus far still has no plan, no comprehensive plan," the Democratic presidential nominee said in the debate held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, less than two weeks before the Election Day.

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BEIJING -- No new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported Thursday across the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said Friday.

A total of 18 confirmed cases arriving from outside the mainland were reported, the commission said in its daily report.

Two new suspected COVID-19 cases from outside the mainland were reported in Shanghai. No new deaths related to the disease were reported, the commission added.

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RAMALLAH -- Palestinian medical sources said early Friday that two members of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee have tested positive for COVID-19.

The two senior PLO officials, Ahmad Majdalani and Azzam el-Ahmad, decided to stay in quarantine at home, the sources told Xinhua, without giving more details.

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WELLINGTON -- Higher prices for vegetables and rates and a rebound in the cost of public transport led to a 0.7 percent rise in New Zealand's consumers price index (CPI) in the September 2020 quarter, taking annual inflation to 1.4 percent, the statistics department Stats NZ said on Friday.

The rise this quarter more than reversed a 0.5 percent drop in inflation during the June 2020 quarter, when petrol prices fell sharply as the COVID-19 pandemic hit, according to Stats NZ.

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SAO PAULO -- Brazil's COVID-19 death toll has reached 155,900 after 497 more patients died of the disease in the last 24 hours, the country's Ministry of Health said Thursday.

Meanwhile, 24,858 more infections were reported, raising the nationwide count to 5,323,630, the ministry said.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 155 more cases of the COVID-19 as of 0:00 a.m. Friday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 25,698.

The daily caseload stayed above 100 for straight days, marking the highest figure in 42 days since Sept. 11 due to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.

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