World News in Brief: November 29

Sunday, 2020-11-29 16:32:51
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People wearing face masks pass by Macy's store in New York, the United States, Nov. 27, 2020. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 13 million on Friday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. (Photo: Xinhua)
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A car bombing in the Afghanistan's central province of Ghazni killed at least 30 Afghan security force members on Sunday (November 29), officials said, and casualties could increase given the intensity and location of the blast. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

* Britain has secured two million doses of Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine candidate, to be available in Europe as early as the spring, the government said on Sunday, in addition to the 5 million doses it secured from the US company two weeks ago. The new deal came a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson named Nadhim Zahawi, a junior business minister, to be minister responsible for the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines.

* Violence broke out between police and demonstrators in Paris and other French cities during protests on Saturday against a controversial draft law that restricts publishing police images.

* Iraq will not ask OPEC for exemption from a pact aimed at reducing output, and oil prices are expected to reach about US$50 at the beginning of 2021, the al-Sabah state cited the oil minister as saying in a report on Sunday.

* Brexit trade negotiations with the European Union are in a reasonable position, with some progress on competition issues but significant differences outstanding on fishing, British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday.

* China on Sunday reported 11 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for Nov. 28, compared with six cases a day earlier, the health authority said. All of the new infections were imported cases, the National Health Commission said in a statement. There were no new deaths. As of Nov. 28, mainland China had a total of 86,512 confirmed coronavirus cases and the death toll from the coronavirus remained unchanged at 4,634.

* The COVID-19 test positivity rate in the focus areas under New York State's micro-cluster strategy, where the outbreaks are targeted for its severity and potential of spread, was 5.65 percent on Friday, slightly down from 5.69 percent one day earlier, said Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday. As of Saturday afternoon, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University reported 34,482 coronavirus deaths so far in New York State, the worst in the US.

* Brazil has registered 51,922 additional coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours and 587 new deaths, the nation's Health Ministry said on Saturday. The South American country has now registered 6,290,272 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 172,561 deaths.

* Russia reported 26,683 new coronavirus cases on Sunday after the number of daily confirmed infections hit a record 27,543 on Friday. The new cases took the national total to 2,269,316 since the start of the pandemic.

* Mexico reported 10,008 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 586 additional deaths on Saturday, health ministry data showed, bringing the official number of cases to 1,100,683 with a total death toll of 105,459. Health officials have said the real number of both is likely to be significantly higher due to little testing.

* Indonesia reported its record daily rise in coronavirus infections on Sunday with 6,267 cases, bringing the total to 534,266, data from the country's COVID-19 task force showed. This was the third record high in a week for the Southeast Asian country. The data showed 169 new coronavirus deaths, taking the total fatalities to 16,815.

* The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines on Sunday reported 2,076 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, bringing the total number in the country to 429,864. Sunday's tally of daily coronavirus cases broke 19 straight days of reporting less than 2,000 daily increase in new cases.

* Germany reported 14,611 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the national total to 1,042,700, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said on Sunday. The country's death toll increased by 158 to 16,123, the data from the RKI's COVID-19 Dashboard showed.

* Canada's government said on Saturday it will pump an additional CAD691 million (US$531.87 million) to support the country's dairy, poultry and egg farmers, and also reduced the timeline for payment promised to dairy farmers last year.

* The Czech government will allow restaurants and non-essential shops to reopen on Thursday, Dec. 3, as the current wave of the coronavirus pandemic eases, Health Mister Jan Blatny said on Sunday.

* Parts of Australia, including Sydney, sweltered through the hottest November night on record with temperatures likely to stay high on Sunday, prompting authorities to issue a total fire ban.