Thu, 16 Sep 2021

BEIJING, July 25 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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JAKARTA -- Indonesia's Health Ministry said Sunday that COVID-19 cases in the country rose by 38,679 within the past 24 hours to 3,166,505 with the death toll adding by 1,266 to 83,279.

Another 37,640 recovered patients were discharged from hospitals, raising the total number of recoveries in the Southeast Asian country to 2,509,318, according to the ministry.

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ROME -- A retest by Italian and Dutch researchers of pre-pandemic blood samples was found to have coronavirus-linked antibody IgM, Reuters reported recently.

The retest, carried out by researchers from the VisMederi laboratory at the University of Siena and their Dutch counterparts from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, founded that the oldest sample with IgM dated back to Sept. 3, 2019, from Italy's northeastern region of Veneto, the media said in a report published Saturday, citing a paper published on July 14 that detailed the results from the retest.

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MANILA -- The Philippines has recorded the fourth death from the highly infectious COVID-19 Delta variant, the Department of Health (DOH) said Sunday.

The DOH said that the country now has 119 Delta variant cases after detecting an additional 55 cases.

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MOSCOW -- Russia recorded 24,072 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 6,126,541, the official monitoring and response center said Sunday.

The nationwide death toll grew by 779 to 153,874, while the number of recoveries increased by 18,678 to 5,490,634.

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KATHMANDU -- Trade between Nepal and China grew by over 28 percent in the 2020-21 fiscal year that ended in mid-July despite the raging COVID-19 pandemic, showed the latest figures released by the Nepali Department of Customs.

The two-way trade increased to 234.93 billion Nepali rupees (1.96 billion U.S. dollars) in the last fiscal year, as against 183.93 billion Nepali rupees (1.54 billion U.S. dollars) over the previous fiscal year.

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