Live COVID-19 updates: Global confirmed cases pass 4.6 mln

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BEIJING, May 17 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NEW YORK -- Global confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 4.6 million on Saturday, reaching 4,605,673 as of 3:32 p.m. (1932 GMT), according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

A total of 310,180 people worldwide have died of the disease, the data showed.

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ROME -- Within the past 24 hours, 153 new COVID-19 deaths had been registered in Italy, bringing the country's death toll from the coronavirus-caused disease to 31,763 out of the total infection cases of 224,760, according to fresh figures on Saturday.

The number of recoveries rose to 122,810, an increase of 2,605 compared to Friday. Nationwide, the number of active infections fell by 1,883 to 70,187, according to the Civil Protection Department.

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BEIJING -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has shared its experience in fighting COVID-19 with militaries from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa and Ukraine by videoconference seperately in early May.

The videoconferences focused on exchanges in emergency command, epidemic prevention and control, clinical treatment and diagnostic testing.

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 465 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 27,356.

Of the newly confirmed cases, five were cases in the community, three were work permit holders residing outside dormitories, and 457 were work permit holders residing in dormitories. There were no imported cases.

Of the new cases, 99 percent were linked to known clusters, while the rest were pending contact tracing, the ministry said.

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LONDON -- Another 468 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Friday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 34,466, the Department of Health and Social Care said Saturday.

As of Saturday morning, 240,161 people have tested positive for the virus in the country, said the department. Enditem

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