Sat, 12 Jun 2021

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

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HAVANA -- Cuba reported on Saturday 1,383 new cases and 11 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, a new record for daily cases.

According to the Cuban Ministry of Public Health, at total of 123,221 cases and 796 deaths have been registered so far.

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SAO PAULO -- Brazil on Saturday reported 2,087 more deaths from COVID-19, raising the national count to 434,715, the Ministry of Health said.

Meanwhile, 67,009 more infections were detected, raising the nationwide tally to 15,586,534.

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PARIS -- France has administered the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines to 20 million people, reaching its target days ahead of the reopening of catering businesses and cultural venues, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Saturday.

Castex announced on Twitter the hitting of the 20-million mark, a number that represents some 30 percent of the population.

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WASHINGTON -- Eighteen states in the United States and some big-label businesses have announced plans as of Saturday to drop public mask mandates either immediately or in the weeks to come, but other states such as California, New York and New Jersey are moving forward with caution.

Many Americans went maskless in public on Friday for the first time in months -- a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed its guidelines on face coverings for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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ROME -- Coronavirus infections across all age groups in Italy fell by 80 percent after the first five weeks of vaccine rollout, the country's National Institute of Health and the Ministry of Health reported Saturday.

The time covered by the comprehensive national report on the real-world effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines runs from Dec. 27, 2020, when the national vaccination campaign started, through May 3.

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ACCRA -- United Airlines on Saturday relaunched its passenger flight operation from Washington, D.C. to Accra, the capital of Ghana, after a hiatus of about a decade.

A speech read on behalf of the Minister of Transport Kweku Ofori Asiamah at a press briefing held at the forecourt of the Kotoka International Airport commended United Airlines for its decision to relaunch the Washington, D.C. route on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and hoped it to quickly grow to daily flights.

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