Thu, 15 Apr 2021

BEIJING, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia on Friday reported 44 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 741, said the Ministry of Health.

The new infections included 40 locally transmitted cases in capital Phnom Penh and southwestern Preah Sihanouk province and four imported cases, the statement said, adding that the patients are currently receiving treatment at various designated COVID-19 hospitals.

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ADDIS ABABA -- The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health on Thursday reported 878 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, taking the national count to 156,112.

The ministry added that the COVID-19 death toll stood at 2,321, including five new fatalities recorded over the same period.

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LISBON -- Portugal's parliament approved on Thursday President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa's proposal to renew the state of emergency in the country until March 16, allowing the government to keep the same lockdown rules already in place to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Tempting it may be to reopen the country now as soon as possible," but it is important "not to rush into it and repeat the health crisis," the president said Thursday in a national speech.

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BEIJING -- China approved the registration applications of two domestically developed COVID-19 vaccines with conditions, the National Medical Products Administration said Thursday.

An inactivated vaccine from the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products, an affiliate of China National Biotec Group of Sinopharm, was allowed to enter the market on a conditional basis, the administration said.

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