Fri, 23 Apr 2021

BEIJING, March 1 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 14 more cases of COVID-19 variants in recent days, bringing the total number of such cases to 156, the health authorities said Monday.

Among the newly confirmed cases spotted since Thursday, 14 variant cases were imported and no locally transmitted case was found, according to the Central Disease Control Headquarters.

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NEW DELHI -- The local government in India's eastern state of Bihar has decided to bear the cost of COVID-19 vaccination at private hospitals, officials said Monday.

According to state run-broadcaster -- All India Radio (AIR), the decision was taken by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during a meeting on Sunday.

"The government yesterday decided to bear the cost of COVID-19 vaccination at private hospitals of the state," an official said.

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BANGKOK -- Thailand on Monday confirmed 80 cases of the coronavirus infection, mostly domestic, according to the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of Monday's new cases, 64 were reported as domestic while 16 others referred to those who had returned from abroad and tested positive in Thailand, CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin said.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 355 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Sunday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 90,029.

The daily caseload stayed below 400 for two straight days due to fewer virus tests over the weekend.

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