Live COVID-19 updates: Sweden records highest weekly number of cases at workplaces

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BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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STOCKHOLM -- Sweden logged 361 COVID-19 cases at workplaces last week, the highest weekly number since the pandemic broke out, according to the Swedish Work Environment Authority's statistics on Monday.

Swedish Television quoted Ulrika Scholander, section manager at the Swedish Work Environment Authority, as saying on Monday that the situation is "worrying."

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 9,086 in the past 24 hours to 917,015, with the death toll adding by 295 to 26,282, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

According to the ministry, 9,475 more patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 745,935.

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SHIJIAZHUANG -- Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei Province, reported 14 locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases in the first half of Monday.

One locally-transmitted asymptomatic COVID-19 carrier was also reported in the city in this period, according to a press conference.

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LILONGWE -- Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has announced new measures against the spread of COVID-19 amid rising infections and mounting deaths related to the pandemic in the country.

The measures include closure of non-boarding schools for three weeks and disinfection, at least once a week, of all buildings used by the public, and installation of handwashing facilities at their entrances and exits.

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JAKARTA -- As many as 38 more doctors died of COVID-19 in Indonesia from Jan. 1 to 16 this year, bringing the death toll of this group during the pandemic to 278, the Indonesian Medical Association said on Monday.

Of the 278 doctors, 156 were general practitioners, 117 were specialists and five were residents.

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JAKARTA -- The number of Indonesians overseas infected with COVID-19 rose to 2,820, as four more new cases were registered within the past 24 hours, according to the Foreign Ministry on Monday.

Amongst the four new cases, two were reported in Britain, one in Kuwait and one in the United Arab Emirates. Enditem

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