Live COVID-19 updates: U.S. gov't reaches deal to buy vaccines amid soaring cases

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BEIJING, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government has reached a deal for the purchase of 100 million doses of vaccine as the country's COVID-19 cases have kept soaring and reached 4,620,419 as of Saturday evening.

The Trump administration said on Friday it has reached an agreement with French drug maker Sanofi and British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline on the purchase of 100 million doses of an experimental coronavirus vaccine, according to media reports.

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally crossed the 1.7 million-mark on Sunday, reaching 1,750,723, announced the federal health ministry.

Over 200,000 fresh cases have been detected across the country in past four days. Sunday is the fourth day in succession when over 50,000 fresh cases are added to COVID-19 tally.

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Brazilian government reported on Saturday that 1,088 more deaths and 45,392 new cases of COVID-19 were registered in the country over the last 24 hours.

According to the Ministry of Health, the number of deaths in the country due to the virus rose to 93,563, while total cases reached 2,707,877.

Brazil is second only to the United States in deaths and total number of COVID-19 cases.

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SHANGHAI -- Shanghai reported one newly imported COVID-19 case and no increase in domestically transmitted cases Saturday, the municipal health commission said Sunday.

The imported case was a Chinese national who left Brazil on July 28 and arrived at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport via Germany on July 30.

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CAIRO -- Egypt recorded on Saturday 238 new COVID-19 infections, increasing the total cases registered in the country to 94,316, said the Egyptian Health Ministry.

It is the seventh day in a row for the daily new infections to fall below 500 in the country.

Meanwhile, 1,499 patients were cured and discharged from hospitals, taking the total recoveries to 41,137, according to a statement by Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed.

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WELLINGTON -- There were three new cases of COVID-19 to report in managed isolation in New Zealand on Sunday, announced the New Zealand Ministry of Health in a statement.

According to the ministry, the first case was a child of a previously reported case, who arrived in New Zealand on July 14 from Pakistan, via Dubai. The second case was a woman in her 30s who arrived in New Zealand on July 28 from Los Angeles. The third case was a woman in her 40s who arrived in New Zealand on Aug. 1 from Manila, via Hong Kong. Enditem

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