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Live COVID-19 updates: Africa's cases near 8.1 mln

17 Sep 2021, 02:05 GMT+10

BEIJING, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ADDIS ABABA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 8,096,504 as of Thursday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union, in its COVID-19 update, said that the death toll from the pandemic across the continent stands at 204,821, while some 7,409,626 patients have recovered from the disease so far.

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NEW DELHI -- India's federal health ministry Thursday said that there was a need to remain vigilant during the coming two to three months and a surge in COVID-19 anywhere in the country has to be contained immediately.

V K Paul, member (health) of the government think-tank National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog (commission) said estimates indicate there are chances that vulnerability may increase in October and November.

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's COVID-19 total cases have climbed to 102,136 on Thursday after 693 fresh infections were reported across the country, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a statement.

According to the MoH, the new infections included 581 domestic cases and 112 imported cases. Eleven more fatalities had been recorded, taking the overall death toll to 2,078. Additional 443 patients have recovered, lifting the total number of recoveries to 95,810.

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HANOI -- Vietnam reported 10,489 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, including 10,482 locally transmitted and seven imported, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

The new infections brought the country's total tally to 656,129, with 16,425 deaths, the ministry said.

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JAKARTA -- The number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 3,145 within one day to 4,181,309, with the death toll adding by 237 to 139,919, the country's Health Ministry said on Thursday.

According to the ministry, 14,633 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of patients recovering from COVID-19 to 3,968,152.

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LIBREVILLE -- Former Gabonese Prime Minister Casimir Oye Mba died Thursday morning in Paris, France after he was hospitalized for COVID-19 infection. He was 79, his family said.

Hospitalized in Libreville, the capital of Gabon, for a week, Casimir Oye Mba, former head of government from 1990 to 1994, was transferred to a hospital in Paris on Sept. 11 due to his critical condition.

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JAKARTA -- The administration of Indonesias's capital Jakarta on Thursday started conducting its pilot cinema reopening program as the number of daily COVID-19 cases in the city was declining, a city official said.

The Jakarta tourism agency's acting head Gumilar Ekalaya said all movie theatres in the city are now using a mobile application called PeduliLindungi for digital contact tracing to help control COVID-19.

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