Live COVID-19 updates: S. Korea reports 103 more cases, 26,146 in total

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BEIJING, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 103 more cases of the COVID-19 as of Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 26,146.

The daily caseload rose above 100 after recording 88 in the previous day due to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.

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HAVANA -- Cuban vaccine producer Finlay Institute said Tuesday the country's regulatory authority has approved phase one of clinical trials of the institute's second COVID-19 vaccine candidate, Soberana02.

Cuba's Center for State Control of Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices has approved the phase one clinical trials of vaccine candidate Soberana02, the institute tweeted.

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NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged voters in the eastern state of Bihar to participate in elections while taking precautions against COVID-19.

The first phase of polling began in the state amid tight security and voting is underway in 71 constituencies spreading over 16 districts.

Modi, in a message posted on social media, said, "Keep attention for two yards, wear a mask. Remember, first vote, then refreshment!"

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WUHAN -- About 88 percent of travel agencies in China's Hubei Province, once hardest hit by COVID-19, have resumed operation amid a tourist boom that followed the province's decision to waive entry fees in major scenic spots.

Among the 1,187 Hubei-based travel agencies (excluding 66 that have switched to other businesses or ceased operation), 1,045 have resumed business, at a ratio higher than the national average, according to the culture and tourism department of the central Chinese province.

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MALE -- Tourist guest houses in the Maldives' capital may reopen in November, local media quoted Minister of Tourism Abdulla Mausoom as saying here Wednesday.

Mausoom told state-owned PSM News that guesthouses in Male could only resume activity with the approval of the Health Protection Authority, which may come by mid-November.

Mausoom has previously stated that keeping new COVID-19 infections below a rate of 5 percent for a period of two weeks was a prerequisite for reopening guesthouses. Enditem

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