Live COVID-19 updates: Russia reports over 10,000 new cases in 24 hours

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BEIJING, May 15 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MOSCOW -- Russia has confirmed 10,598 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, raising its total to 262,843, according to a statement released by the country's coronavirus response center on Friday.

The death toll has grown by 113 to 2,418, while 58,226 people have now recovered, including 4,696 over the last 24 hours, the statement said.

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KIEV -- A total of 17,330 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 476 deaths were reported in Ukraine on Friday, while 4,473 patients have recovered, the country's health ministry said.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, 1,220 children and 3,420 health workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19, while 483 new cases were reported in Ukraine over the past 24 hours.

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NAIROBI -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to undermine the ability of many African countries to feed their citizens amid disruptions on agricultural activities.

Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa said Thursday that the viral respiratory disease could hamper efforts to address the endemic hunger and malnutrition crisis in the continent.

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DHAKA -- The number of new COVID-19 infections in Bangladesh rose by 1,202 on Friday, the highest daily increase since March 8, as the total number of cases exceeded 20,000.

Bangladesh earlier recorded the highest 1,162 cases in a 24-hour period on May 13.

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HARARE -- The Zimbabwe government will audit all donations it has received in the fight against COVID-19 to ensure transparency and accountability.

The Office of the Auditor-General will carry out the systems audit after the country has received an overwhelming response in donations from local companies and various countries around the world, including China.

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HANOI -- The ASEAN Defense Senior Officials' Meeting (ADSOM) was held on Friday in video conference format to discuss regional defense cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 and post-epidemic directions.

Under the chair of Nguyen Chi Vinh, Vietnam's deputy minister of defense and Vietnam's ADSOM chief, delegates from ASEAN countries exchanged views on regional defense cooperation in dealing with COVID-19 including sharing experiences of the ASEAN defense forces in the prevention of the epidemic as well as future cooperation directions for disease response, the Vietnamese ministry said in a press release.

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BEIJING -- The second phase of clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines is expected to be completed successively beginning in July, and no major adverse reactions from the trials had been reported so far, a Chinese official said Friday.

The vaccines undergoing clinical trials include one adenovirus vector vaccine and four inactivated vaccines fast-tracked by China's National Medical Products Administration, Zeng Yixin, a senior official with the National Health Commission, said at a press conference.

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NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bill Gates have discussed on the COVID-19 situation and the importance of global coordination to combat the pandemic.

The two interacted late Thursday through video conference, discussing the importance of global coordination on scientific innovation, research and development to combat the pandemic, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office. Enditem

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