Live COVID-19 updates: Brazil's death toll hits 156,000, caseload in Chile nearing 500,000

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BEIJING, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SAO PAULO -- Brazil's COVID-19 death toll has reached 156,471 after 571 more patients died of the disease in the last 24 hours, the country's Ministry of Health said Friday.

Meanwhile, 30,026 more infections were reported, raising the nationwide count to 5,353,656, the ministry said.

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SANTIAGO -- Chile on Friday said 1,773 new COVID-19 infections were identified in the past 24 hours, taking the total caseload to 498,906.

According to the Ministry of Health, the country registered 52 deaths from the virus in the same period, bringing the death toll to 13,844.

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BEIJING -- The Chinese mainland reported 28 new imported COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 3,213, the National Health Commission said Saturday.

Of the new imported cases, nine were reported in both Shanghai and Guangdong, three in both Tianjin and Shaanxi, and two each in Beijing and Fujian, the commission said in its daily report.

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PARIS -- Following Spain, France on Friday became the second country in Europe to pass the grim one-million mark, after new COVID-19 infections surged by over 40,000 for the second day in a row, health authorities reported.

In the past 24 hours, 42,032 new cases were confirmed, beating Thursday's record of 41,661. The total cases reached 1,041,075.

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BOGOTA -- Colombian Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez said on Friday that she had tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and would be isolated in her home for 15 days.

"Yesterday I took the COVID-19 test, since I had planned to travel to the Governors Summit in (the city of) Manizales. I am informing Colombians that the result was positive. Thank God I am in good health and I am complying with the corresponding isolation," the vice president wrote on Twitter.

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OTTAWA -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an additional 214 million Canadian dollars (about 163 million U.S. dollars) on made-in-Canada vaccines on Friday when the country's COVID-19 cases surpassed 210,000.

The additional fund included up to 173 million Canadian dollars for the Quebec biopharmaceutical Medicago Inc., including support to create a production facility in Quebec City.

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BERLIN -- New COVID-19 infections in Germany remained close to record levels and increased by 11,242 within one day, reaching a total of 403,291, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said on Friday.

This figure was just below the record of 11,287 new COVID-19 cases confirmed a day earlier, according to the RKI, the federal government agency for disease control and prevention. Enditem

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