Live COVID-19 updates: Number of cases in Canada rises to 301,332

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BEIJING, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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OTTAWA -- The number of COVID-19 cases in Canada rose to 301,332 on Monday, including 11,007 deaths, according to CTV.

The national-level data from the Public Health Agency of Canada showed daily averages of more than 4,000 new cases since Nov. 6.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- U.S. San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Monday announced the city will adjust its reopening of businesses and activities due to the continued increase in COVID-19 cases, which has resulted in the state of California placing the city in the more restrictive Red Tier.

San Francisco will temporarily roll back the reopening of all non-essential offices and will reduce the capacity of fitness centers and gyms to a maximum capacity of 10 percent. These changes will go into effect on Tuesday.

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SAO PAULO -- Hospital admissions of patients with COVID-19 in Brazil's southeast state of Sao Paulo increased 18 percent in the first half of November, leading the local government to announce on Monday it will postpone further lifting of lockdown measures.

Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria made the announcement alongside his Health Secretary Jean Gorinchteyn after average daily hospital admissions rose from 859 to 1,009 between Nov. 8 to 14, according to the official report.

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STOCKHOLM -- Sweden has cut its limit on attendance at public gatherings to eight people, a move widely interpreted as a U-turn on the country's light-touch approach to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision to restrict severely the number of people allowed to gather at public events in Sweden is "unparalleled in modern times," Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told a digital news conference on Monday, just a month after his government had raised the attendance limit from 50 to 300 at some sporting and cultural events.

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JERUSALEM -- Israel has launched a plan for supporting university and college students, at a total cost of 800 million new shekels (about 237 million U.S. dollars), the state's Ministry of Finance said on Monday.

The plan, initiated by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was formed to help students affected by the coronavirus crisis, and prevent them from dropping out of their academic studies.

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BEIJING -- The Ministry of Transport has released a guideline to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 through imported cold-chain foods in road and water transportation.

It urged all companies, docks, and freight terminals involved in cold-chain logistics to protect their frontline employees, stressing protective equipment distribution, temperature checks, and regular nucleic acid testing.

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ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia has received 96,000 U.S. dollars worth of COVID-19 medical supplies from the World Health Organization, the country's health ministry said Monday.

The supplies, which included medicines, protective suits and breathing ventilators, aimed to help the country in its fight against the pandemic, the ministry said in a statement. Enditem

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