Live COVID-19 updates: Vietnam records 4 new COVID-19 cases, 1,316 in total

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

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HANOI -- Vietnam recorded four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing its total tally to 1,316 with 35 deaths from the coronavirus epidemic, said the Ministry of Health.

The new cases are two Indian nationals and two Vietnamese citizens held in quarantine, who recently entered Vietnam from abroad.

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BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that China stands ready to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with Germany on COVID-19 vaccines and push for the vaccines to be fairly distributed as a global public good, especially for the benefit of developing countries.

Xi made the remarks in a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish Health Ministry is preparing to hire 12,000 new health workers amid the sharp increase of the daily COVID-19 cases, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Tuesday.

In a tweet he posted, Koca said the recruitments will include 7,000 nurses, 1,700 midwives, and 2,864 health technicians, as well as other personnel in 14 fields.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia on Tuesday reported 2,188 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the highest daily spike since the coronavirus outbreak in the country, bringing the national total to 58,847.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement that all new cases were local transmissions.

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Health Ministry reported 13,721 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, raising the total nationwide infections to 880,542.

The pandemic has so far claimed 45,738 lives in Iran, up by 483 in the past 24 hours, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education during her daily briefing.

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MOSCOW -- Russia has confirmed 24,326 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide count to 2,138,828, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement Tuesday.

Meanwhile, 23,226 patients recovered from the disease, bringing the national tally to 1,634,671.

A total of 491 new deaths were reported across the country, taking the national death toll to 37,031.

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ISTANBUL -- Turkey's western province of Izmir has been struggling against the spread of COVID-19, which witnessed a hike after a strong earthquake hit the region at the end of October.

Izmir Provincial Sanitation Board announced on Tuesday a series of additional measures aiming at "ensuring social isolation, protecting physical distance, and keeping the spread of the outbreak under control."

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SOFIA -- Bulgaria's COVID-19 death toll has risen to 3,069 after a record high of 189 new COVID-19 deaths was reported in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said Tuesday.

The previous daily record of 152 deaths was reported last Tuesday.

According to the ministry, the number of confirmed infections has reached 124,966, up 3,146 over the past 24 hours.

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NEW DELHI -- Chief Minister of India's Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot has said the COVID-19 infection in the northern state was moving toward a dangerous situation.

Gehlot made the remarks during a meeting with local government officials on lat Monday evening.

"COVID-19 infection is moving towards a dangerous condition. A little carelessness can be fatal to others as well as themselves. The state government has taken tough decisions in the public interest to control the infection," Gehlot said in a brief statement posted on social media.

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KABUL -- The death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic in Afghanistan has risen to 1,712, with 17 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the country's Ministry of Public Health reported on Tuesday.

The ministry also said in a statement that 290 new cases were confirmed, bringing the national tally to 45,278 including 7,444 active cases.

The deaths were recorded in six provinces of the country's 34 provinces. Enditem

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