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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Feb. 23

Xinhua
23 Feb 2021, 16:18 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- Candles were lit at the White House South Portico at sunset Monday, a day on which the number of Americans who died from COVID-19 broke the staggering record of 500,000.

"That's more lives lost to this virus than any other nation on Earth," U.S. President Joe Biden said as he led a moment of silence accompanied by his wife, Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and the second gentleman, Douglas Emhoff. (US-COVID-Biden)

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NEW DELHI -- At least six people died when the gelatine-sticks they were trying to dispose exploded at an illegal stone quarry site in India's southern state of Karnataka on Tuesday, confirmed a local policeman.

The incident occurred in the state's Chikkaballapur district. (India-Gelatine Explosion-Death)

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House Budget Committee on Monday voted to move forward President Joe Biden's 1.9-trillion-U.S.-dollar COVID-19 relief package, setting up a vote in the full House later this week.

The House panel approved the relief package, also known as the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, by a vote of 19-16 largely along party lines. (US-COVID-19 Relief Package)

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexican health authorities on Monday began to vaccinate older adults with a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac, after a shipment of doses arrived on Saturday.

Mexico's government designated the first shipment of the Sinovac vaccine to arrive in Ecatepec, a city in central State of Mexico that lies on the outskirts of the capital Mexico City. (Mexico-China-Vaccine)

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