Thu, 04 Mar 2021

BEIJING, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 497 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 76,926.

The daily caseload was down from 559 tallied in the previous day, but concerns remained about cluster infections linked to a Christian missionary group in Daejeon, about 160 km south of Seoul, that has a nationwide network.

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BEIJING -- In response to the grave and complex COVID-19 situation in Beijing, the city authorities have proposed that residents stay put during the Spring Festival holiday, a traditional holiday featuring family reunions that usually sees mass migration.

People in the capital city are urged to avoid unnecessary outbound trips and gatherings, the city's health authority said Thursday in its daily COVID-19 update.

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ABUJA -- Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday signed the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021, a new law aimed at controlling the pandemic in the most populous African country.

The law stipulates physical distancing of at least two meters and limits the number of people to be admitted in an enclosed environment, said Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation and chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

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WELLINGTON -- Imports fell heavily in 2020, down 7.4 billion NZ dollars (5.28 billion U.S. dollars) compared with the year to December 2019, but exports held up despite the COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealand's statistics department Stats NZ said on Thursday.

"Annual imports started to drop away in the early stages of 2020, as the pandemic spread, affecting cargo supply lines and factory production around the world," international trade manager Alasdair Allen said in a statement.

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