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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, March 4

04 Mar 2021, 16:18 GMT+10

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil on Wednesday saw record high daily deaths from COVID-19 for the second day in a row, registering 1,910 deaths in 24 hours and bringing the national death toll to 259,271.

According to the Ministry of Health, in the past 24 hours, Brazil also saw the second highest number of daily COVID-19 case increase since the start of the outbreak, after 71,704 people tested positive, bringing the total caseload to 10,718,630. (Brazil-COVID-19-Record)

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CANBERRA -- Head of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has denied that he was blaming victims of sexual assault when he told first-year cadets not to make themselves "prey."

It was revealed Wednesday that Chief of the Defence Force Angus Campbell told recruits at the ADF Academy in Canberra to lower the risk of sexual assault by avoiding the "four A's," namely "alcohol", being out "after" midnight, "alone" and "attractive." (Australia-Defence Force-Sexual Assault)

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy expanded modestly from January to mid-February amid COVID-19 restrictions and supply chain disruptions, according to a Federal Reserve (Fed) survey released Wednesday.

"Overall conditions in the leisure and hospitality sector continued to be restrained by ongoing COVID-19 restrictions," the Fed said in its latest survey on economic conditions, known as the Beige Book, based on information collected from its 12 regional reserve banks. (US-Fed-Economy)

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WINDHOEK -- Namibia's health minister on Wednesday called for pooling more domestic resources to combat malaria, as external funding for the country's anti-malaria campaign is shrinking.

Malaria is still rampant in Namibia, especially in the north and northeast parts, said Kalumbi Shangula during the country's 2021 National Management Development Forum. (Namibia-Malaria-Funding)

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