Wed, 20 Jan 2021

BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's Health Ministry reported on Wednesday 10,335 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country's total number of infections to 1,070,487.

The country recorded 858 more deaths in the past 24 hours, raising its COVID-19-related death toll to 103,597.

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LOS ANGELES -- The transmission rate of COVID-19, or the R number, has reached 1.27, the highest ever for the most populous county in the United States, Los Angeles County's health official said on Wednesday.

The transmission rate is a measure of how many additional people are likely to get infected from a single person who is currently sick. Any number over 1.0 means that the current infection rate is rising, Christina Ghaly, director of the county's health services department, explained at a virtual news conference.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 583 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 32,318.

The daily caseload marked the highest in 268 days since March 3, growing in triple digits for 19 days running due to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.

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BEIJING -- China's National Health Commission said Thursday that it received reports of 21 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Wednesday, including nine domestically transmitted cases and 12 imported ones.

The domestically transmitted cases were reported in Inner Mongolia, the commission said in its daily report.

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OTTAWA -- Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam urged Canadians once again on Wednesday to avoid non-essential outings as COVID-19 cases continued to rise across the country.

The country's national-level data indicated daily averages of 5,139 new cases over the past seven days and 75,666 people tested daily, with 7.6 percent testing positive, Tam said in a statement on Wednesday.

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TRIPOLI -- The National Center for Disease Control of Libya on Wednesday reported 617 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 79,797.

The center said in a statement it received a total of 4,156 suspected samples, 617 of which were tested positive, adding 610 patients have recovered while 10 others died.

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