Live COVID-19 updates: Pakistan confirms 1,895 new cases

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BEIJING, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan registered 1,895 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking its national caseload to 488,529, according to official statistics on Monday.

Meanwhile, the country reported 39 more deaths from the virus, raising the death toll to 10,350, showed data issued by the government of Pakistan in its latest update.

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka has spent around 570,000 U.S. dollars on COVID-19 precautionary measures in schools around the country, state media reported here Monday.

Minister of Education G.L. Peiris was quoted in state-owned Daily News saying that sets of equipment have been provided to schools in order to protect the health of children ahead of classes restarting in the new year.

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VIENTIANE -- Lao Ministry of Health reported no new case of COVID-19 in Laos since Dec. 7, with the total number in the country remained unchanged at 41.

Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control under Lao Ministry of Health, Phonepaserd Sayamoungkhoun, told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane on Monday that the total number of confirmed cases remained at 41, as no new case was confirmed.

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 6,753 within one day to 772,103, with the death toll adding by 177 to 22,911, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

According to the ministry, 7,166 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 639,103.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- Brunei reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Monday with the national tally of cases standing at 172.

According to Brunei's Ministry of Health, no more recovery was recorded, maintaining the total number of recovered cases at 149. There are 20 active patients still being treated at the National Isolation Center.

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MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines on Monday reported 959 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number in the country to 478,761.

The death toll climbed to 9,263 after six more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. It added 26 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 448,279.

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HOHHOT -- Roughly 500,000 people in key groups are receiving Chinese-developed COVID-19 vaccines in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the regional health commission said on Monday.

No serious side effects have been reported thus far since the inoculations began in the region on Dec. 22, 2020, according to the commission. Enditem

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