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Live COVID-19 updates: India adds 43,509 new cases

29 Jul 2021, 20:18 GMT+10

BEIJING, July 29 (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 rose to 31,528,114 on Thursday as 43,509 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry's latest data.

Besides, as many as 640 deaths from the pandemic were reported since Wednesday morning, taking the total death toll to 422,662.

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MANILA -- China delivered an additional batch of Sinovac CoronaVac vaccines to the Philippines on Thursday to support the Southeast Asian country's inoculation campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic.

China was the first to deliver coronavirus vaccines to the Philippines. It donated the first batch of CoronaVac to Manila on Feb. 28, allowing the country to kick off its vaccination drive on March 1. As of Thursday, China has been the biggest supplier of COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines.

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UNITED NATIONS -- China on Wednesday blasted the United States for manipulating the COVID-19 pandemic for political purposes, noting the move is doomed to failure.

"We advise the United States that political manipulation cannot defeat the pandemic. It will find little support. It is doomed to failure," Dai Bing, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, told an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly on pandemic preparedness and response.

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KAMPALA -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has recently signed an agreement with the Chinese firm Sinovac to supply developing countries with more COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX mechanism.

The agreement gives hope for broadening access to vaccines in developing countries, UNICEF Representative to Uganda Munir Safieldin tweeted late Tuesday, a day after UNICEF announced the deal.

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BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina Wednesday reported 15,883 new COVID-19 cases and 471 more deaths in the past day, raising its accumulated caseload to 4,891,810 and its pandemic death toll to 104,822.

According to the Ministry of Health, 98,390 tests were done to detect COVID-19 in the 24-hour period, with a positivity rate of 16.14 percent.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 1,674 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 195,099.

The daily caseload was down from the record high of 1,895 tallied in the previous day, but it hovered above 1,000 for 23 straight days. The daily average tally for the past week was 1,571.

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