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Xinhua world news summary at 1100 GMT, March 1

01 Mar 2021, 21:44 GMT+10

ADDIS ABABA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent reached 3,891,047 as of Sunday evening, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

According to the continental disease control and prevention agency's COVID-19 dashboard, the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 103,519 so far. (Africa CDC-COVID-19 Cases-Number)

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WASHINGTON -- Some 59 percent of panelists do not anticipate a full recovery in the U.S. job market to pre-pandemic employment levels until 2023 or later, according to a survey released Monday by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE).

The March 2021 NABE Outlook, which presents the consensus macroeconomic forecast of a panel of 53 professional forecasters, was conducted on Feb. 8-16. (US-Job Market-NABE)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that his government is ready to talk with Japan amid the prolongation of the frayed ties between Seoul and Tokyo over historical and trade issues.

"Our government is ready to sit down and have talks with the Japanese government at any time," Moon said in his nationally televised speech to mark the 102nd anniversary of the 1919 March 1 Independence Movement that took place during the 1910-45 Japanese colonization of the Korean Peninsula. (South Korea-Japan-Ties)

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MANILA -- The Philippines launched its COVID-19 vaccination drive on Monday, less than a day after the arrival of a batch of the Sinovac vaccine CoronaVac donated by China.

Philippine General Hospital Director Gerardo Legaspi, a renowned neurosurgeon, was the first Filipino to receive the Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine. (Philippines-China-Vaccine)

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