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BEIJING, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ADDIS ABABA -- Ethiopia registered 136 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 274,028 as of Saturday evening, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

The ministry said two new deaths and 618 more recoveries were reported, bringing the national death toll to 4,237 and total recoveries to 250,089.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- Brunei reported one new confirmed COVID-19 case on Sunday, bringing the national tally to 250.

According to Brunei's Ministry of Health, the patient is a 42-year-old woman who arrived in the country from Indonesia on May 30, and has no symptoms of infection.

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KABUL -- Afghanistan's Public Health Ministry has registered 1,597 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 91,458.

The pandemic has so far claimed 3,612 lives in Afghanistan, including 85 deaths in the past 24 hours since the outbreak of the disease in February last year, a statement of the public health ministry released here said.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported another 5,304 new COVID-19 infections, the health ministry said on Sunday, bringing the national total to 657,508.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that five of the new cases are imported and 5,299 are local transmissions.

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KAMPALA -- The Ugandan army has started producing oxygen for state-run hospitals to ease burden of the existing plants as COVID-19 cases keep rising, an army spokesperson said Sunday.

The army's commercial arm, the National Enterprise Corporation, has started supplying oxygen cylinders to a number of military- or government-run hospitals, Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso, spokesperson for the Uganda People's Defense Forces, told Xinhua by telephone.

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MANILA -- The Philippines' Department of Health reported on Sunday 7,302 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,315,639.

The death toll climbed to 22,788 after 137 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.

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NEW DELHI -- The Indian government would soon be delivering COVID-19 vaccines and drugs by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in areas with difficult terrains, officials said Sunday.

HLL Infra Tech Services Limited, a subsidiary of state-owned HLL Lifecare which is procuring all COVID-19 vaccines in the country for the government, has on behalf of the Indian Council of Medical Research invited an expression of interest for delivery of medical supplies (vaccines/drugs) by UAVs at selected locations in India.

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