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BEIJING, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MOSCOW -- Russia has confirmed 24,326 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide count to 2,138,828, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement Tuesday.

Meanwhile, 23,226 patients recovered from the disease, bringing the national tally to 1,634,671.

A total of 491 new deaths were reported across the country, taking the national death toll to 37,031.

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ISTANBUL -- Turkey's western province of Izmir has been struggling against the spread of COVID-19, which witnessed a hike after a strong earthquake hit the region at the end of October.

Izmir Provincial Sanitation Board announced on Tuesday a series of additional measures aiming at "ensuring social isolation, protecting physical distance, and keeping the spread of the outbreak under control."

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SOFIA -- Bulgaria's COVID-19 death toll has risen to 3,069 after a record high of 189 new COVID-19 deaths was reported in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said Tuesday.

The previous daily record of 152 deaths was reported last Tuesday.

According to the ministry, the number of confirmed infections has reached 124,966, up 3,146 over the past 24 hours.

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NEW DELHI -- Chief Minister of India's Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot has said the COVID-19 infection in the northern state was moving toward a dangerous situation.

Gehlot made the remarks during a meeting with local government officials on lat Monday evening.

"COVID-19 infection is moving towards a dangerous condition. A little carelessness can be fatal to others as well as themselves. The state government has taken tough decisions in the public interest to control the infection," Gehlot said in a brief statement posted on social media.

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KABUL -- The death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic in Afghanistan has risen to 1,712, with 17 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the country's Ministry of Public Health reported on Tuesday.

The ministry also said in a statement that 290 new cases were confirmed, bringing the national tally to 45,278 including 7,444 active cases.

The deaths were recorded in six provinces of the country's 34 provinces.

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NEW DELHI -- Ten million frontline healthcare workers will be the first people to receive vaccination against the COVID-19 pandemic once the vaccine is available, a local newspaper Indian Express said Tuesday.

The newspaper quoting its sources said a vaccination group of approximately 10 million health workers have been identified.

"We have moved into an advance stage of building a database for the first priority group - frontline healthcare workers - who will receive the first dose during the immunization drive, if and when a particular vaccine is cleared by the Indian regulator for commercial use," the newspaper quoted its sources in the expert group on vaccine administration as saying.

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 4,192 within one day to 506,302, with the death toll adding by 109 to 16,111, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

According to the ministry, 2,927 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 425,313.

The virus has spread to all the country's 34 provinces.

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NUR-SULTAN -- Kazakhstan recorded 678 more COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 126,182, including 1,990 deaths and 112,806 recoveries, said the country's health ministry on Tuesday.

Five regions, namely East Kazakhstan, Pavlodar, Kostanay, North Kazakhstan and Akmola, are listed as the red zone, or the country's worst-hit areas, while the yellow zone contains the West Kazakhstan Region and the capital city of Nur-Sultan. Other places are classified as the green zone.

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BERLIN -- Germany reported 13,554 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide tally to 942,687, said the federal government agency for disease control and prevention on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, 249 more deaths were reported, taking the national death toll to 14,361, the Robert Koch Institute said.

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