Sat, 16 Jan 2021

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

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TBILISI -- Georgia reported 3,958 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing its total to 108,690.

A total of 2,157 of the 3,958 new cases were confirmed in the capital city of Tbilisi, the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health said.

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KIEV -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday that he would return to work as his retest for COVID-19 was negative.

"I finally have a negative coronavirus test result. We must understand the new risks and take care of ourselves as much as possible ... I'm already at work today. The day will be busy, but I am very happy to dive into work as usual," Zelensky said in his Telegram channel.

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan on Monday decided to close educational institutions nationwide from Nov. 26 to Jan. 10 next year and halt all academic exams during the period following rises in the cases of COVID-19.

Addressing a press briefing here after a meeting with provincial education ministers, federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said that the decision was made in the best interest of the country.

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HONG KONG -- The number of daily new cases of COVID-19 in Hong Kong climbed to a new three-month high of 73 on Monday, with most of them related to a dancing cluster.

The 73 cases included 10 imported and 63 local infections, taking Hong Kong's tally to 5,701, Head of the Communicable Disease Branch of Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) Chuang Shuk-kwan said at a press conference.

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LOS ANGELES -- California Governor Gavin Newsom disclosed Sunday night that he and his family were in quarantine after they were found being exposed to the novel coronavirus.

According to the governor's twitter, the family learned late Friday evening that they had contacted with a California Highway Patrol officer who had tested positive for COVID-19 and then they started quarantining for two weeks.

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BEIJING -- China has been pooling efforts to ensure the basic needs of its impoverished and vulnerable population as COVID-19 has worsened their living standards, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs Monday.

In order to offset the epidemic's impact on the most impoverished population in the country, authorities have carried out a series of plans to ensure their basic livelihood, said Liu Xitang, an official with the ministry at a press conference.

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BANGKOK -- Thailand has extended the emergency rule against the COVID-19 pandemic from early December until mid-January next year.

The cabinet of ministers on Monday approved a proposal from the government-run Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration for the extension of the emergency decree to be enforced nationwide for a one-month-and-a-half period, beginning from Dec. 1 until Jan. 15, 2021, according to officials attached to Government House.

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