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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, March 7

07 Mar 2021, 10:49 GMT+10

PARIS -- France registered 23,306 new coronavirus infection cases and 170 related deaths in the past 24 hours, official data showed on Saturday.

The cumulative number of coronavirus cases in France now stands at 3,882,408, and the total number of fatalities at 88,444 since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country, according to data posted on the government's website. (France-COVID-19)

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WASHINGTON -- The evenly split U.S. Senate on Saturday narrowly passed a 1.9-trillion-U.S. dollar COVID-19 relief bill after a marathon overnight session that continued until midday, with lawmakers voting along party lines.

After a session that lasted more than 24 hours, the upper chamber approved the bill by a vote of 50 to 49, with Senator Dan Sullivan, a Republican from Alaska, missing the vote. (US-Senate-COVID-19 Relief Bill)

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DUBLIN -- Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin on Saturday announced that half a million doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in the country, which roughly accounts for one-tenth of Ireland's total population.

Announcing the news on his Twitter account, Martin said that he had just been informed by the Health Service Executive, a top government body responsible for public health service in Ireland, that the country has passed the half-a-million mark of the number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered. (Ireland-COVID-19-Vaccination)

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LOS ANGELES -- Nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo have been vaccinated against COVID-19 after some gorillas were infected.

Four orangutans and five bonobos received COVID-19 injections in January and February, the zoo confirmed earlier this week. (US-Ape-COVID-19-Vaccinate)

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