Live COVID-19 updates: China supports WHO-led cooperation for origin-tracing of COVID-19: spokesperson

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BEIJING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TASHKENT -- Uzbekistan has extended the suspension of entry, exit and transit flights with seven countries until Feb. 1 after new coronavirus variants were detected in some of these countries, Uzbekistan's special anti-COVID-19 commission said Monday.

The Central Asian country has earlier barred air links with Britain, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Australia, the Netherlands and South Africa till Jan. 10.

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TBILISI -- Georgia on Monday reported 551 new COVID-19 cases, taking its total to 239,780, according to the country's National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC).

Data from the NCDC showed that 880 more patients have recovered in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 226,215.

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LONDON -- The "most dangerous time" of the coronavirus pandemic in Britain has yet to come before vaccine rollout has an impact, Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty warned Monday.

The next few weeks will be "the worst" of the pandemic for the National Health Service, he told the BBC, urging the public to minimize all unnecessary contact with others.

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KABUL -- Afghanistan reported 46 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, raising its national tally to 53,584, including 8,588 active cases, the country's Ministry of Public Health said.

"Laboratories conducted 1,886 tests during the past 24 hours, out of the total tests 46 were positive COVID-19 cases in 13 provinces of Afghanistan's 34 provinces," the ministry said in a statement.

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DOHA -- The Qatari Health Ministry on Monday announced 203 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 146,068, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.

Meanwhile, 132 more recovered from the virus, bringing the overall recoveries to 142,827, while the fatalities remained 246, according to a ministry statement quoted by QNA.

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Health Ministry reported 6,208 daily COVID-19 cases on Monday, raising the total nationwide infections to 1,292,614.

The pandemic has so far claimed 56,262 lives in Iran, up by 91 in the past 24 hours, said Sima Sadat Lari, the spokeswoman for Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, during her daily briefing.

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BEIJING -- China said Monday it supports scientists of all countries in carrying out global scientific research on the origin and route of transmission of the COVID-19 virus, and supports member states in conducting cooperation on the animal origin of the virus under the leadership of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks at a press conference in response to a question regarding China's announcement that an international expert team of the WHO will arrive in China on Thursday to conduct joint research with Chinese scientists on the origin-tracing of the novel coronavirus.

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MOSCOW -- Russia recorded 23,315 more COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, slightly up from 22,851 a day earlier, the country's COVID-19 response center said Monday.

The national tally of COVID-19 cases has increased to 3,425,269, including 62,273 deaths and 2,800,675 recoveries, the center said. Enditem

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