Sat, 05 Dec 2020

BEIJING, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 386 more COVID-19 cases as of midnight Friday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 30,403.

The daily caseload has stayed above 300 for four straight days, growing in triple digits for 14 days due to the continued small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported six new cases of COVID-19 with five imported and one in the community on Saturday, said the Ministry of Health in a statement.

The five imported cases were recent returnees in managed isolation, and the community case was a border worker already in quarantine for the past two weeks, said the ministry.

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TIANJIN -- Five new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases were confirmed in north China's Tianjin Municipality on Friday, local authorities said Saturday.

Four of them were reported early Friday from the Kanhaixuan residential community in Tianjin, after an asymptomatic carrier was found in the community, according to the city's center for disease control and prevention.

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NEW YORK -- The COVID-19 test positivity rate in the focus areas under the micro-cluster strategy, where the pandemic has been the most severe in New York State, was 4.55 percent on Thursday, up from 4.11 percent one day earlier, tweeted Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday.

The statewide positivity rate excluding these focus areas was 2.15 percent, down from 2.38 percent on Wednesday, he said.

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ATHENS -- Greek authorities should consider imposing a tougher lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, an expert said Friday, as the country reported a new daily record of 72 coronavirus deaths.

"The lockdown that was imposed two weeks ago does not seem to have affected the number of infections, the course of the epidemic, as we hoped, as we would like. We are at a crossroads and we would probably have to discuss the further toughening of measures," Alkiviadis Vatopoulos, professor of Microbiology at the University of West Attica, told Xinhua.

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BUENOS AIRES -- The municipal government of Buenos Aires on Friday announced the reopening of national and international tourism starting in December, with a comprehensive policy for the arrival of visitors that includes tests to detect COVID-19.

Felipe Miguel, the head of the city's Cabinet, said that "the priority is and will continue to be taking care of the health of our neighbors. I want to bring them the peace of mind that we have a testing system for each tourist who comes to the city. We have already set up the protocol for this to be so."

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