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

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QUITO -- Ecuador reported 2,389 cases and 43 more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 360,546 and the death toll to 12,720, the Ministry of Public Health reported on Sunday.

Another 4,983 deaths are considered to be COVID-19 related, but not verified, according to the ministry.

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HAVANA -- Cuba registered 1,037 cases and 13 more deaths from COVID-19, the highest daily death toll on record, the Ministry of Public Health reported on Sunday.

The ministry stated that the number of cases has reached 93,511 and the death toll has climbed to 525.

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NEW YORK -- The COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York State dropped to 3,754 on Saturday, compared with 3,834 one day earlier, the lowest since Nov. 29, said Governor Andrew Cuomo in an official release issued on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the single-day COVID-19 test positivity rate went down to 2.35 percent on Saturday from 2.78 percent on Friday, he said, adding that the statewide 7-day average positivity rate fell below 3 percent for the first time since Nov. 24.

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TEHRAN -- Iran's health ministry reported on Sunday 405 more COVID-19 deaths, raising the death toll of the pandemic in the country to 66,732.

As reported by the official website of the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education between Saturday and Sunday, 21,644 new infections were detected in the country, taking Iran's overall count to 2,237,089.

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ANKARA -- Turkey on Sunday reported 55,802 new COVID-19 cases, including 3,101 symptomatic patients, as the total number of positive cases in the country reached 4,268,447, according to its health ministry.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 318, highest single-day count so far, to 35,926, while the total recoveries climbed to 3,687,590 after 43,856 more cases recovered in the last 24 hours.

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 130 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, raising the total number in the country to 837,012.

The death toll from the virus rose by three to 6,334, while the number of patients in serious conditions decreased from 202 to 196, out of 326 hospitalized patients.

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ADDIS ABABA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has reached 4,421,627 as of Sunday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the 55-member African Union (AU), said the death toll from the pandemic stood at 117,696 while 3,960,793 patients across the continent have recovered from the disease.

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RABAT -- Morocco's COVID-19 tally rose to 505,811 on Sunday as 364 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Health, the death toll rose to 8,945 with one new fatality during the last 24 hours, while 430 people are in intensive care units.

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LONDON -- Another 1,882 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,387,820, according to official figures released Sunday.

The country also reported another 10 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 127,270. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

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MUSCAT -- The Omani health ministry on Sunday announced 3,363 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 180,031, the official Oman News Agency reported.

Meanwhile, 3,479 people recovered during the past 72 hours, taking the overall recoveries to 160,324, while 57 deaths in three days' time were reported, pushing the tally up to 1,878, according to a ministry statement quoted by the report.

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