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BEIJING, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HARARE -- Zimbabwe has decided to strengthen anti-COVID-19 measures from Monday, banning all social gatherings and enforcing mandatory testing of travelers from hotspot countries, following a surge in infections and deaths in recent weeks.

"The last seven days have seen 596 new cases and 26 deaths as compared to the same period in May 2021 when we had 132 new cases and 6 deaths," said Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, also minister of health and child care, on Saturday night. "This is a more than three-fold increase in new cases and deaths."

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PRAIA -- Cape Verde on Saturday received 50,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses provided by China.

During the handover ceremony for the vaccines and over 50,000 syringes at the Nelson Mandela International Airport in the capital Praia, Cape Verdean Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva expressed gratitude for China's support, saying his country would fulfill its vaccination plan to vaccinate 70 percent of the population by the end of this year.

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BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina reported 18,057 new COVID-19 infections and 447 more deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the accumulated total caseload and deaths to 4,111,147 and 85,075, respectively, on Saturday.

Meanwhile, 16.23 million vaccine doses against COVID-19 have been administered in the South American country to date.

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OTTAWA -- Canada reported 1,115 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the cumulative total to 1,400,827, including 25,910 deaths, according to the CTV.

With the considerable decline in infection rates nationally, the overall number of people experiencing severe and critical illness is also steadily declining.

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RAMALLAH -- Palestinian Minister of Health Mai al-Kaila announced on Saturday that Palestine has recently witnessed a collective recovery from COVID-19.

"The West Bank and the Gaza Strip witnessed a decline in the (daily) positive cases and fatalities," al-Kaila told state radio Voice of Palestine.

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LIMA -- Peru began a vaccination campaign on Saturday against the COVID-19 pandemic that focuses on pregnant women over 18 years of age, Health Minister Oscar Ugarte announced.

"Today we are starting with pregnant women and that will be a very important protection for all future mothers," the minister said during the start of the campaign in Lima.

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YANGON -- About 88 percent of basic education schools have reopened in Myanmar's regions and states since June 1, spokesperson of the State Administration Council told a press conference on Saturday.

As many as 42,080 out of over 47,000 schools in the country reopened and over 3.2 million students attended the schools as of June 10, Major General Zaw Min Tun said.

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