Live COVID-19 Updates: New Zealand reports one new death, brings total deaths to 25

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

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NEW DELHI -- The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has ordered the Serum Institute of India (SII) to resume its phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials of the Oxford University's Covishield vaccine along with pharma major AstraZeneca, local media reported Wednesday.

The DCGI, VG Somani, in a letter to the SII on Tuesday said the institute's reply has been "carefully examined" as also the recommendations of the Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) in India and Britain.

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported one new death of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total deaths to 25.

The man was in his 50s and was a confirmed case of COVID-19 linked to the Auckland cluster. He was admitted to Waikato Hospital on Aug. 19 and was transferred to ICU on Aug. 26. Sadly, he passed away on Tuesday afternoon.

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally surpassed the 5 million mark on Wednesday, reaching 5,020,359, said latest data released by the federal health ministry.

As many as 90,123 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the past 24 hours, revealed the data.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 113 more cases of the COVID-19 as of 0:00 a.m. Wednesday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 22,504.

The daily caseload stayed below 200 for two straight weeks, but it continued to grow in triple digits since Aug. 14.

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YANGON -- Myanmar confirmed four new deaths, bringing the death toll to 39 in total on Wednesday morning, said a daily release from the Health and Sports Ministry.

Four more COVID-19 patients with underlying diseases died of acute respiratory failure, the release said.

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SHANGHAI -- Shanghai reported two imported COVID-19 cases and no domestically transmitted cases on Tuesday, the municipal health commission said Wednesday.

One of the patients is a Chinese national who left the United States on Aug. 30 and arrived in Shanghai via the Netherlands on Sept. 1, while the other is an Indian who arrived at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport from India on Sept. 2.

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SANTIAGO -- The Chilean government said Tuesday health inspections will be stepped up on social distancing measures during national holiday celebrations on Sept. 18-20 to contain the spread of COVID-19.

"On pandemic issues, the health authorities have no restrictions," and inspectors will be able to enter private homes during the holiday and fine violators of the ban on large gatherings, Interior Minister Victor Perez told a press conference.

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CAIRO -- Egypt reported 163 COVID-19 infections with 18 deaths over the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 101,340 with 5,679 deaths, the Health Ministry said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, 776 recoveries were registered, bringing the national count to 85,745, said the ministry in a statement.

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TRIPOLI -- Three chartered planes of COVID-19 health supplies procured by the World Health Organization (WHO) has reached Libya, the organization said on Tuesday.

"The shipments included gloves, masks, N95 masks, face shields, gowns, goggles, oxygen concentrators, thermometers and coveralls to enhance COVID-19 response in the country. The supplies will be distributed in close cooperation with health authorities across the country," the WHO said in a statement. Enditem

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