Live COVID-19 updates: Uruguayan president rules out reversal of reopening despite increase in cases

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

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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 novel coronavirus (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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SANTIAGO -- Chile registered another 1,597 cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours, for a total of 531,273, as well as 42 more deaths, bringing the death toll to 14,819, the Ministry of Health reported on Sunday.

Meanwhile, according to the ministry, 506,700 people have recovered from the disease.

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JINAN -- A packaging sample of imported frozen aquatic products tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday in Sishui County, east China's Shandong Province, local authorities said on Sunday.

The county government of Sishui has started an emergency plan to check the cold-chain system. The cold storage where the goods were located has been closed, and all goods and vehicles involved have been sealed.

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NAIROBI -- Kenya's ministry of health said Sunday it will convene a special meeting on Monday to review among other issues the rise in positive cases and the current containment measures.

Mutahi Kagwe, cabinet secretary, ministry of health expressed concern over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases since October as well as the rise in the number of fatalities.

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TEHRAN -- Iran reported on Sunday 12,543 new cases of COVID-19, its highest daily figure so far, taking the total infections in the country to 762,068.

And 2,544 of the new infected had to be hospitalized, the spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education Sima Sadat Lari said at her daily briefing.

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YANGON -- The total number of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar has increased to 68,994 as of Sunday, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports.

A total of 983 more COVID-19 confirmed cases were reported in the country.

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MINSK -- Belarus reported 1,315 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking its nationwide count to 114,185, according to the country's health ministry.

There have been 1,506 new recoveries over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 95,843, the ministry said.

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BUDAPEST -- Hungary on Sunday registered 4,238 new COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour span, raising the national total to 140,961, according to the government's coronavirus information website.

In the past 24 hours, another 107 people have died from the disease, taking the death toll to 3,097 in the country, while 31,599 have recovered. Currently, 7,013 patients are being treated in hospitals, and 569 of them are on ventilators. Enditem

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