Tue, 19 Jan 2021

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

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BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina reported 100 new COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 37,002, the country's Health Ministry said Sunday.

Meanwhile, 4,184 new cases were reported, taking the national count to 1,370,366, and a total of 1,195,492 people have recovered from the disease so far nationwide, according to the ministry.

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, both detected in recent returnees in managed isolation.

There are no new community cases.

Both cases arrived on Nov. 19 and tested positive around day 3 of their stay in managed isolation. The first person arrived from Britain via the United Arab Emirates and the country of origin of the second case is currently being determined.

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BEIJING -- China's National Health Commission said Monday that it received reports of 11 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Sunday, including two domestically transmitted cases and nine imported ones.

The domestically transmitted cases were reported in Shanghai, the commission said in its daily report.

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WASHINGTON -- Amid surging COVID-19 cases and an incompetent response by the government, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, a leading U.S. hospital in handling dangerous and unusual diseases, has been nearly overwhelmed, according to a media report.

With the country's only federal quarantine facility and a large bio-containment unit, the hospital in Omaha, Nebraska is believed as the best-prepared hospital in the United States to handle a pandemic, according to the report released Friday by The Atlantic.

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SANTIAGO -- Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Sunday presented the first phase of the government's plan to reopen borders to non-resident foreigners, with the entry of passengers into Santiago's international airport slated to begin on Monday.

In addition to the security and health protection measures at the airport, arriving passengers must submit a sworn statement with information on their health status, travel plans and contacts in Chile.

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