Live COVID-19 updates: Britain records another 12,027 cases, 533 deaths

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BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HAVANA -- Cuba recorded 859 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 42,547 cases, as well as five more deaths in the same period for a total of 287 deaths, the Public Health Ministry said on Friday.

In the daily televised report, the ministry's national director of hygiene and epidemiology Francisco Duran said there were 4,998 active cases, "a slightly lower figure than yesterday, but still very high."

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ALGIERS -- Algeria on Friday reported 182 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in the North African country to 111,600.

The death toll from the virus in Algeria rose to 2,954 after four new fatalities were added, said the Algerian Ministry of Health in a statement.

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ANKARA -- Turkey on Friday reported 7,419 new COVID-19 cases, including 638 symptomatic patients, taking the total number of positive cases in the country to 2,624,019.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 82 to 27,903, while the total recoveries climbed to 2,511,548 after 7,498 more cases recovered in the last 24 hours, according to the Turkish Health Ministry.

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TIRANA -- The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Albania reached 97,909 on Friday as the Health Ministry registered 1,071 new infections in the past 24 hours.

This was the fourth consecutive day that the country registered over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases.

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BEIRUT -- Lebanon recorded on Friday 2,255 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections to 351,048, the Health Ministry reported.

Meanwhile, the number of deaths from the virus went up by 51 to 4,257.

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RABAT -- Morocco's COVID-19 tally rose to 480,504 on Friday as 448 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Health, the death toll mounted to 8,540 as 16 COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours.

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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Ministry of Health reported Friday 4,024 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily record in 2021, bringing the total nationwide infections to 661,477.

It also reported 12 new deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 13,232, while 1,802 cases recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 614,529.

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 2,924 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, raising the tally of confirmed cases in the country to 744,513.

The death toll from the COVID-19 in Israel reached 5,526 after 25 new fatalities were added, while the number of patients in serious condition decreased from 903 to 872 out of 1,330 hospitalized patients.

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LONDON -- Another 12,027 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,095,269, according to official figures released Friday.

The country also reported another 533 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 119,920. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

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KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwait reported on Friday 976 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 182,460.

The Kuwaiti Health Ministry also announced seven more deaths, taking the death toll to 1,034. Enditem

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