Brazil's death toll tops 164,000

Brazil’s death toll tops 164,000

BEIJING, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) — The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil on Thursday reported 908 deaths from COVID-19, raising the nationwide death toll to 164,281.

Meanwhile, the Latin American country registered 33,207 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the accumulated national caseload to 5,781,582.

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SEOUL — South Korea is still faced with economic uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic despite the recent improvement in economic indicators, the country’s finance ministry said Friday.

The Ministry of Economy and Finance said in its monthly economic assessment report, called Green Book, that the South Korean economy recently saw a modest recovery in export as well as the improved data in the manufacturing sector, consumption and investment.

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WELLINGTON — New Zealand reported four new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, all in managed isolation and none in the community.

One case involves a recent arrival and three are classified as historical, according to the Ministry of Health.

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LJUBLJANA — Slovenia on Thursday decided to tighten its restrictive measures for 14 days to curb the spread of coronavirus, returning the country roughly to the spring level of lockdown.

According to the decision, public transportation will be shut down and all non-essential stores will close. All gatherings except those of persons in the same household will be completely banned.

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BEIJING — The Chinese mainland reported eight new imported COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 3,662, the National Health Commission said Friday.

Of the new imported cases, three were reported in Shanghai, and one each in Inner Mongolia, Henan, Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu, the commission said in its daily report.

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KIGALI — The Rwanda Correctional Services has reinforced measures aimed at containing further spread of COVID-19 among inmates, following an outbreak of COVID-19 in a prison in Kigali, the agency said Thursday.

Rwanda on late Wednesday reported 27 new COVID-19 cases in the Nyarugenge Prison here, days after the government reported 13 cases in a prison in Rwamagana district, Eastern Province.

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NAIROBI — A coalition representing 18 generic drugs manufacturers on Thursday pledged to promote access to COVID-19 treatments in low-income countries grappling with surging infections and fatalities.

The coalition of generic drugs manufacturers pledged to leverage collaboration, technical expertise and knowledge of global supply chains to promote access to COVID-19 therapeutics in developing countries.

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