Tue, 26 Jan 2021

BEIJING, Nov. 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 surpassed 9 million on Friday, said the federal health ministry.

With 45,882 new COVID-19 cases across the country, the tally reached 9,004,365, while the death toll reached 132,162 as 584 more patients died, the official data showed.

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexico said Thursday its COVID-19 death toll had exceeded 100,000, becoming the world's fourth country to reach the grim milestone after the United States, Brazil and India.

"Today in Mexico we have 100,000 people who have lost their lives due to COVID-19," Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell told reporters.

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SINGAPORE -- Malaysia has signed an agreement with China on cooperating in the development of a safe and efficacious COVID-19 vaccine, Singapore's Chinese-language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao reported.

Citing a statement by the Malaysian government, the report said the two governments agree to support and encourage companies to cooperate fully in vaccine development and supply.

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday that the promotion of digital transformation and realization of a green society are the key priorities of his administration amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Delivering a speech on the virtual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Dialogues hosted by Malaysia on Friday, Suga pledged to tear down bureaucratic sectionalism, vested interests, and the habit of following past precedents in the Japanese society while advancing bold regulatory reforms.

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