Live COVID-19 updates: India's COVID-19 tally rises to 10,977,387, with 13,993 new cases

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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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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 10,977,387 on Saturday, as 13,993 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the federal health ministry.

According to the official data, the death toll mounted to 156,212 as 101 COVID-19 patients died since Friday morning.

There are still 143,127 active cases in the country, while 10,678,048 people have been discharged so far from hospitals after medical treatment.

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TOKYO -- Leaders from the Group of Seven industrialized nations have pledged full support for Japan to host a "safe and secure" Olympic Games this summer.

"We support the commitment of Japan to hold the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 in a safe and secure manner this summer as a symbol of global unity in overcoming COVID-19," read a joint statement released after a virtual meeting of leaders chaired by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday night.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told the meeting that Japan is determined to host the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer despite COVID-19, briefing Tokyo's preparations for the Games with the International Olympic Committee.

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JAKARTA -- The number of overseas Indonesians who have recovered from COVID-19 rose to 2,339, as one more recovered patient in this group was reported in Kuwait, Indonesian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the number of positive cases in this group remains 3,249.

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- New Zealand's COVID-19 vaccination official roll-out began on Saturday when border workers received their first vaccinations in Auckland's quarantine facility.

Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health from the Ministry of Health, said the country has arrived at a key point in its pandemic response, with Saturday's first vaccinations for border workers. Enditem

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