Live COVID-19 updates: Iraq reports 3,667 new cases, 438,265 in total

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BEIJING, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Health Ministry reported on Wednesday 3,667 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the nationwide infections to 438,265.

The ministry also reported 52 new deaths and 2,876 more recovered cases, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 10,418 and the total recoveries to 369,010 in the country.

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YANGON -- Myanmar reported 27 more COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 972, according to a release from the Health and Sports Ministry on Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, 39,696 infection cases have been reported in the country, with 1,194 new cases.

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THE HAGUE -- COVID-19 infections in the Netherlands kept climbing and reached a new daily record of 8,764 confirmed cases in a 24-hour span, bringing the total infection number to 253,134 since the outbreak of the epidemic, official data showed on Wednesday.

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment also adjusted Tuesday's number of confirmed cases, which was reduced to 8,175, from the initially reported figure of 8,182.

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TUNIS -- Tunisian Minister of Health Faouzi Mehdi announced on Wednesday that Tunisia will be among the first countries to receive the doses of vaccine against COVID-19.

"Tunisia has coordinated with the World Health Organization and donors and has mobilized the necessary funds to receive the vaccine against the coronavirus as soon as it will be placed on the market," Mehdi said during a press conference held in capital Tunis.

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WINDHOEK -- Namibian President Hage Geingob on Wednesday called for vigilance against the possible emergence of a second wave of COVID-19 infections in the southern African country.

"We must... maintain our level of vigilance and alertness at all times," Geingob told a briefing in the capital, Windhoek, on the pandemic and the county's response measures.

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LJUBLJANA -- Slovenia registered its record daily number of COVID-19 cases -- 1,504 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 15,983 in the country, according to official figures released on Wednesday.

Wednesday's new cases were up considerably from the previous daily high of 898, recorded last Friday.

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TOKYO -- Japan on Wednesday confirmed 612 new COVID-19 cases, up from 483 infections logged a day earlier, bringing the nation's cumulative total to 94,626, not including those related to a cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo earlier in the year.

Of the latest infections, the Tokyo Metropolitan government reported 150 new cases with the figure topping the 100-mark for the second successive day. Enditem

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