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BEIJING, June 12 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ROME -- Italy on Friday suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 60 years old, health officials announced at a weekly press conference on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The move came after an 18-year-old woman died of a blood clot Thursday after receiving an initial dose of AstraZeneca on May 25.

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SAO PAULO -- Brazil on Friday reported 2,216 more deaths from COVID-19 and 85,149 new cases in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said.

The nationwide death toll thus stood at 484,235 while the national count of COVID-19 cases mounted to 17,296,118, said the ministry.

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GUANGZHOU -- South China's Guangdong Province reported eight locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, all in the provincial capital Guangzhou, according to the provincial health committee.

The province on Friday also reported four imported confirmed cases and 10 imported asymptomatic cases.

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SANTIAGO -- Chile reported on Friday 7,972 new COVID-19 infections and 133 more deaths in the last day, bringing the total caseload to 1,461,419 and the death toll to 30,472, the Health Ministry said.

The Chilean region of Aysen had the highest incidence per 100,000 inhabitants in the country, followed by the regions of Los Rios, Maule and the Santiago Metropolitan Region.

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