Tue, 02 Mar 2021

BEIJING, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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QUITO -- Ecuador on Sunday reported 1,576 cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours, for a total of 274,673 cases, as well as another 21 deaths, bringing the death toll to 10,796.

According to the Ministry of Public Health (MSP), 238,817 patients have recovered from the disease so far, while 490 remain hospitalized with a reserved prognosis.

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SANTIAGO -- Chile has reported more than 20,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Chilean Ministry of Health reported on Sunday.

The ministry said that, according to the Department of Statistics and Health Information, in the last 24 hours, another 68 deaths from the disease were registered, bringing the total number of deaths to 20,042.

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HAVANA -- Cuban health authorities on Sunday reported five deaths and 1,039 new cases of COVID-19.

The national director of hygiene and epidemiology at the Ministry of Public Health, Francisco Duran, said the death toll has reached 296 and the total number of cases has risen to 44,523.

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TIRANA -- Albania reported Sunday 1,184 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the country's total tally to 100,246, according to the Ministry of Health.

It also reported 13 COVID-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours, which took the toll to 1,666. Meanwhile, the country's recoveries rose by 796 in the 24-hour span to 63,329.

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LONDON -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address the nation at around 7 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Monday to unveil his "roadmap" exiting the current coronavirus lockdown, local media reported Sunday.

Johnson will give details about his government's long-anticipated roadmap out of lockdown, according to the London-based Evening Standard newspaper.

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's Ministry of Health (MoH) has advised businesses to download the "Stop Covid" QR code to be displayed for customers and visitors to use when they arrive at their premises.

Using the QR code will help businesses such as hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, entertainment venues, condominiums, companies and factories among others to record the movements of customers, visitors and staff on their premises, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

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KIGALI -- Rwanda's Ministry of Sports on Sunday announced the resumption of some sporting activities in the country after more than a month of suspension following the Cabinet resolution on COVID-19 restrictions in the country.

The individual and non-contact outdoor sports activities such as jogging, athletics, individual physical fitness, hiking, cycling, golf, tennis, badminton, skate, archery and squash are allowed to resume from Feb. 23, the ministry said in a statement.

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