Live COVID-19 updates: Cases rise to 5,308,014 in India, death toll reaches 85,619

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

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NEW DELHI -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India Saturday morning rose to 5,308,014, India's federal health ministry said.

During the past 24 hours, 93,337 new cases and 1,247 deaths were reported from across the country.

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OTTAWA -- New leader of Canada's Conservative Party, Erin O'Toole, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, the party said in a statement.

"This evening Erin O'Toole received a positive test for COVID-19," said the statement, adding that O'Toole remains in isolation and is feeling well.

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

Both cases are Chinese citizens, with one of them flying from the United States and the other from India via France. They have been sent to designated medical institutions for treatment.

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HANOI -- Vietnamese capital city of Hanoi on Saturday morning saw the departure of the country's first regular international passenger flight after months-long shutdown to curb the COVID-19 outbreak.

The flight, heading to Japan's capital Tokyo, was operated by the Vietnamese flag carrier Vietnam Airlines with some 60 passengers on board, Vietnam News Agency reported.

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NEW YORK -- Global COVID-19 deaths surpassed 950,000 on Friday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

The global death toll from the disease reached 950,434, with a total of 30,395,579 cases worldwide as of 10:23 p.m. (0223 GMT Saturday), the CSSE data showed. Enditem

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