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BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Health Ministry on Friday reported 347 new COVID-19 death cases in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 49,695 since the outbreak of the disease in the country on Feb. 19.

The country recorded 13,341 new patients on Friday, raising the total nationwide infections to 1,016,835, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, during her daily briefing.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported 1,141 new COVID-19 infections, the health ministry said on Friday, bringing the national total to 70,236.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press briefing that three of the new cases are imported and 1,138 are local transmissions.

No new deaths have been reported, leaving the death toll at 376.

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong will cancel its annual New Year Countdown fireworks display and Chinese Lunar New Year parade due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said the events' organizer the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) on Friday.

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government has announced tightened social distancing measures to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 as a new wave of the pandemic hits the region, the board explained in a statement.

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BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan registered on Friday 440 new COVID-19 cases, pushing its total caseload to 74,373.

Among the new cases, 109 were in the capital city Bishkek, 162 in Chui Oblast, and the rest were detected in other regions, according to the latest report of the Republican Headquarters for Combating COVID-19.

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MOSCOW -- Russia has recorded 27,403 more COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, down from the all-time high of 28,145 a day earlier, the country's COVID-19 response center said Friday.

The national tally of cases has grown to 2,402,949, including 42,176 deaths and 1,888,752 recoveries, the center said.

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QUITO -- Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno on Thursday called on the United Nations to strengthen multilateralism to soften the "dramatic" impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on countries around the world.

In a pre-recorded speech for a special session of the United Nations General Assembly on the pandemic, the president called for greater international cooperation to help the most vulnerable countries.

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