Live COVID-19 updates: Iran reports highest daily cases, deaths

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

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TEHRAN -- Iran on Monday registered 486 daily deaths over COVID-19 and 13,053 new cases over the past 24 hours, the highest daily figures since the outbreak of the disease in the country on Feb. 19.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said during her daily briefing that 3,133 of the newly infected patients were hospitalized.

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NAIROBI -- Kenya's ministry of education said on Monday that basic learning institutions will reopen fully in January, even as the country grapples with surging COVID-19 infections and fatalities.

George Magoha, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Education said that full resumption of in-person learning on Jan. 4, 2021, will be accompanied by stringent measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

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LONDON -- British telecommunications group Vodafone said Monday that it has bounced back into profit in the first half of its financial year with a "resilient financial performance" amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even though group revenue declined as "good underlying momentum" was offset by the effects of COVID-19, the company's profit after tax still hit 1.3 billion euros (1.5 billion U.S. dollars) for the six months to September, Vodafone said in a results statement.

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SHENZHEN -- Chinese researchers have developed a labor-saving machine that enables users to take throat swab samples for COVID-19 testing by themselves, without the aid of any medical staff.

"The machine is convenient, allowing users to perform quick self-service sampling for the diagnosis of COVID-19, which would reduce cross-infection risks for medical workers," said lead researcher Xiao Liehui, with the Shenzhen Hospital of Southern Medical University.

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KABUL -- Afghan Public Health Ministry has registered 228 new COVID-19 positive cases, bringing the number of patients infected with the disease to 43,468, said a statement of the ministry released here Monday.

The ministry also reported more 15 deaths, totaling the number of COVID-19-related deaths to 1,632 since the outbreak of the disease in February in Afghanistan.

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh reported 2,139 new COVID-19 cases and 21 new deaths on Monday, making the tally at 434,472 and death toll at 6,215, the Directorate General of Health Services said.

The official data showed that 15,768 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh. Enditem

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