Live COVID-19 updates: Brazil sees record daily COVID-19 deaths over 2,000

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BEIJING, March 11 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil reported on Wednesday record high daily COVID-19 deaths at 2,286 in 24 hours, bringing the national toll to 270,656, said the Ministry of Health.

Brazil broke its own record for daily COVID-19 deaths the second day in a row, after 1,972 related deaths were reported on Tuesday.

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NAIROBI -- Athletics Kenya (AK) has moved all its weekend track and field meetings to Nairobi in a move aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.

The federation announced it was "centralizing" the events to the Kenyan capital where it is easier to implement protocols to curb the spread of the virus.

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BEIJING -- The Chinese mainland reported no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the National Health Commission said Thursday.

Eleven new imported COVID-19 cases were reported on Wednesday, said the commission in its daily report.

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BUDAPEST -- Hungarian Parliament Speaker Laszlo Kover has received an injection of China's Sinopharm vaccine against COVID-19, according to the Hungarian news agency MTI.

Kover received the first dose of the Chinese vaccine last week, and the second dose will be given to him on April 1, MTI quoted Parliament Press Chief Zoltan Szilagyi as saying.

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MINSK -- Belarus started inoculating teachers against COVID-19 here with Russian vaccine Sputnik V, said First Deputy Health Minister Elena Bogdan on Wednesday.

Belarus kicked off the first stage of its vaccination program in late December, when the health ministry said that medical workers, teachers and specialists who contact people in work would receive the vaccination in the first place.

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SANTIAGO -- The positivity rate of COVID-19 PCR tests in Chile is at 11.01 percent, the highest figure since July 26, during the peak of the pandemic in the country, according to the Ministry of Health on Wednesday.

In addition, Chile registered 3,958 new COVID-19 infections and 24 deaths in the last 24 hours, for a total of 867,949 cases and 21,206 deaths. Enditem

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