Live COVID-19 updates: Cambodian PM orders temporary closure of civil institutions as cases rise

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BEIJING, March 9 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen late on Monday ordered the temporary closure of state's civil institutions for at least one week as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

But all armed forces and healthcare workers still work as usual.

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SYDNEY -- Papua New Guinea (PNG) health authorities were scrambling to contain a surge of COVID-19 infections, with official case numbers nearly doubling in the past five weeks.

Official figures released Monday showed 87 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded the day before, taking the country's total cases to 1,670 and 16 known deaths.

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SANTIAGO -- The Chilean government on Monday received a fifth shipment of CoronaVac vaccine from Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac.

Chilean Minister of Health Enrique Paris and other officials were at the airport in Santiago to receive the shipment.

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ACCRA -- Ghana is expecting 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility by the end of May for its mass vaccination program, Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) Patrick Kuma-Aboagye said here on Monday.

A total of 202,252 people have so far received one jab of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Sunday since the country began mass vaccination on March 2, he said.

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ROME -- A new round of restrictions was in sight in Italy as COVID-19 has claimed more than 100,000 lives in the country by Monday.

A total of 13,902 new coronavirus cases were registered within one day, pushing the caseload to over 3 million, according to the Health Ministry. Active infections now stand at 472,533, confirming a decreasing trend that started from early January.

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UNITED NATIONS -- Ten million additional child marriages may occur before the end of the decade, threatening years of progress in reducing the practice, according to a new analysis released by the United Nations Children's Fund on Monday.

"COVID-19: A threat to progress against child marriage," released on International Women's Day, warns that school closures, economic stress, service disruptions, pregnancy, and parental deaths due to the pandemic are putting the most vulnerable girls at increased risk of child marriage.

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MADRID -- The number of new coronavirus cases continued to fall in Spain, according to the Ministry of Health on Monday.

The ministry reported 11,959 new coronavirus cases for the 72-hour period between 2 p.m. (1300 GMT) on Friday to 2 p.m. on Monday. Enditem

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