S. Korea reports 223 more cases, 28,769 in total

S. Korea reports 223 more cases, 28,769 in total

BEIJING, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) — The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SEOUL — South Korea reported 223 more cases of the COVID-19 as of 0:00 a.m. Monday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 28,769.

The daily caseload hovered above 200 for three straight days, growing in triple digits for nine days running due to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.

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WELLINGTON — New Zealand reported no new community case and one new case of COVID-19 detected in a recent returnee in the managed isolation on Monday.

The case arrived from Singapore on Wednesday tested positive on around the third day and will be transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility, according to the Ministry of Health.

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ROME — The coronavirus may have been circulating in Italy since September 2019, three months before it first emerged in China, according to a study released Sunday by the National Cancer Institute in Milan.

If true, it would mean that the virus was present in Italy three months before it was first reported in China in December 2019, and five months before the first official case was recorded in Italy on Feb. 21, 2019.

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TRIPOLI — The National Center for Disease Control of Libya on Sunday reported 974 new COVID-19 cases, taking the nationwide count to 73,602.

The center said in a statement that 874 more recoveries and 22 more deaths were reported, bringing the total recoveries to 44,133 and the death toll to 1,017.

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URUMQI — No new confirmed COVID-19 cases or asymptomatic cases were reported in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Sunday, the regional health commission said Monday.

This was the eighth consecutive day that Xinjiang reported zero increase in COVID-19 infections since recent cluster infections were tamed.

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MONTEVIDEO — Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou said on Sunday that he is not planning to back down from reopening the economy despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If the opening of society also includes the personal prevention and solidarity of Uruguayans, there will be no major problems. In fact, Uruguay is entering this second wave of coronavirus in the world with restricted cases,” he said.

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