Mon, 26 Oct 2020

People walk on a street in downtown Santiago, Chile, Aug. 25, 2020. (Photo by Jorge Villegas/Xinhua)

- Chile conducts record number of COVID-19 tests

- Turkey's vaccine studies complete animal trial

- UK records another 5,693 coronavirus cases

- Chinese mainland reports no new locally transmitted cases

BEIJING, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SANTIAGO -- Chile has undertaken a record number of tests in recent days to detect COVID-19, Chilean Health Minister Enrique Paris said Sunday.

"We have reached a record figure in the last three days in taking PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction), totaling 115,219," said Paris, highlighting the efforts being made nationwide to detect new cases in time.

Chile has conducted 3,228,414 tests since March, he added.

Children wearing masks play at a daycare center in Ankara, Turkey on Sept. 22, 2020. (Photo by Mustafa Kaya/Xinhua)

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ANKARA -- Two local potential vaccine studies in Turkey for the novel coronavirus have finalized their animal trial phase, Turkish Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank said on Sunday.

"We made our applications to our Ministry of Health, and we want to start human trials after the necessary evaluation and certification of the facilities for the pilot production of these vaccines," the minister told semi-official Anadolu Agency.

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SAO PAULO -- Brazil on Sunday reported 335 more deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 141,741.

According to the health ministry, tests in the same period detected 14,318 new cases of infection, taking the total caseload to 4,732,309.

People walk past the Selfridges department store on Oxford Street in London, Britain on May 8, 2020. (Photo by Tim Ireland/Xinhua)

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LONDON -- Another 5,693 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 434,969, according to official figures released Sunday.

The coronavirus-related deaths rose by 17 to 41,988, the official data showed.

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RAMALLAH -- Palestine on Sunday recorded 620 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections in the Palestinian territories to 49,192.

The Palestinian health ministry also reported nine new deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 343.

Palestine currently has 11,128 active cases in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, the ministry added.

A volunteer reads for children at a children welfare house in Lingshan County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Sept. 20, 2020.(Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei)

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BEIJING -- No new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported Sunday across the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said Monday.

Twenty-one imported confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported, the commission said in its daily report.

No new suspected COVID-19 cases or new deaths related to the disease were reported, the commission said. ■

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