Live COVID-19 updates: Philippines logs 9,296 new COVID-19 cases

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BEIJING, March 30 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MANILA -- The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported on Tuesday 9,296 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the country's total tally to 741,181.

The COVID-19 related death toll rose to 13,191 after five more patients died from the coronavirus epidemic, the DOH said.

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KABUL -- The death toll of COVID-19 in Afghanistan has increased to 2,484 after eight patients lost their lives within the past 24 hours, the country's Ministry of Public Health reported Tuesday.

The ministry also confirmed 70 new cases during the cited period, bringing the number of infected people across the country to 56,454 including 2,597 active cases, the ministry said in a statement.

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MOGADISHU -- Somalia has teamed up with international organizations to launch an online learning platform for primary education as the country grapples with the effects of COVID-19.

The ministry of education said the Alternative Learning Option aims to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on education and intends to improve access to quality education for children impacted by the pandemic.

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JAKARTA -- The Indonesian government on Tuesday asked schools to carry out limited offline learning as more than 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, a minister said.

Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim said here on Tuesday that limited offline (face to face) learning can start Tuesday (March 30) with parental consents and the implementation of health protocols.

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ADDIS ABABA -- A batch of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines, donated by the Chinese government to Ethiopia, arrived here on Tuesday.

The doses were received at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport by Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Zhao Zhiyuan, Ethiopia Minister of Health, Lia Tadesse and Birtukan Ayano, State Minister of Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Enditem

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