Live COVID-19 updates: Russia logs 12,953 new coronavirus 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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MOSCOW -- Russia registered 12,953 more COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, slightly down from 13,433 a day earlier, the country's COVID-19 response center said Saturday.

The national tally has thus increased to 4,151,984 with 82,876 deaths and 3,697,433 recoveries, the center said.

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KABUL -- Afghanistan reported 24 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday, raising its national tally to 55,604, including 4,352 active cases, the country's Ministry of Public Health said.

"Laboratories conducted 1,209 tests during the past 24 hours, out of the total tests 24 were positive COVID-19 cases in five of Afghanistan's 34 provinces," the ministry said in a statement.

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ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia will spend 226 billion Mongolian Tugriks (about 79.3 million U.S. dollars) to vaccinate its people against COVID-19, the country's Health Ministry said Saturday.

"The Mongolian government has approved a total of 226 billion Mongolian Tugriks for all activities related to COVID-19 vaccination, including the purchase, transportation, storage and inoculation," said Sereejav Enkhbold, the country's health minister.

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BANGKOK -- Thailand on Saturday confirmed 82 new cases of coronavirus infection, mostly domestic, according to the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of the new cases, 71 were domestic infections and 11 others were imported cases, the CCSA report said.

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MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines reported on Saturday 2,240 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 559,288.

The death toll climbed to 12,068 after 239 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. Saturday's reported daily death is the highest since September 14 last year, which stood at 259.

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BEIJING -- China's economy continued to gather steam during the Spring Festival period despite millions of people staying put for the weeklong holiday which started on Feb. 11, which usually sees mass migration across the country.

The sales revenue of China's catering sector during the holiday was 5.4 percent higher than it was during the Spring Festival in 2019, indicating the sector is returning to pre-COVID-19 levels.

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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.

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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. Enditem

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