Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Nov. 12

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s curve of novel coronavirus infections has begun to show a decline, more than eight months since the first case was detected, said the Health Ministry’s Secretary of Access to Health Carla Vizzotti on Wednesday.

An analysis of week 43 of the epidemic, which runs from Oct. 18 to 24, indicated a decrease in the number of cases across the country, said Vizzotti. (Argentina-COVID-19)

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WASHINGTON — Georgia, a southern U.S. state, will conduct a statewide hand recount of presidential election ballots, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced on Wednesday.

Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a lead over President Donald Trump of more than 14,000 votes among nearly 5 million ballots cast in the state, according to NBC News. (US-Georgia-Election Recount)

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ULAN BATOR — Mongolia will enter a state of public disaster preparedness and impose a nationwide 24-hour lockdown with effect from 6:00 a.m. Thursday local time for five days to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Yangu Sodbaatar said Wednesday night.

The Mongolian government made the decision after the country confirmed its first locally transmitted COVID-19 case earlier Wednesday. (Mongolia-Lockdown-Local Transmission)

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UNITED NATIONS — The head of the World Food Programme (WFP), which is this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, on Wednesday warned the Security Council of a looming famine in war-torn Yemen as the country faces a countdown to a catastrophe.

“We are on a countdown right now to a catastrophe in Yemen. The people have been ravaged by years of conflict-fueled hunger and malnutrition. Now, there’s a toxic combination taking place of surging violence, a deepening of the economic and currency collapse, and COVID-19 is ratcheting up the misery to a whole new level,” WFP Executive Director David Beasley told the council’s meeting on the humanitarian situation in Yemen. (UN-Yemen-Famine)

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