Mon, 12 Apr 2021

BEIJING, March 7 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.

The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 50 to 49, and Senator Dan Sullivan, a Republican from Alaska, missed the vote.

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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.

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LONDON -- Another 6,040 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,213,343, according to official figures released Saturday.

The country also reported another 158 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 124,419. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

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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.

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BELGRADE -- Cooperation between Serbia and China has marked stunning development in recent years and culminated in an efficient joint fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Saturday.

The friendship between the two countries has been "based on sincere friendship, solidarity, and respect," Vucic said at a press conference after meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Chen Bo.

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