Live COVID-19 updates: Germany reports 22,609 new daily cases

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BEIJING, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BERLIN -- The number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Germany increased by 22,609 in 24 hours, bringing the total to 855,916, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said on Thursday. The increase is slightly above the previous week's level.

Germany is currently in the second half of a month-long partial coronavirus lockdown.

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LJUBLJANA -- Slovenia on Thursday reported 2,064 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the national tally of confirmed cases to 60,887.

The country conducted 6,806 coronavirus tests on Wednesday, 30.33 percent of which came back positive. A total of 1,238 patients were being treated in hospitals (42 fewer than the day before), 205 of them in intensive care, four fewer than the day before, as 78 were discharged home. Forty-five new deaths took the toll to 964.

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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Health Ministry reported on Thursday 2,374 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the nationwide infections to 529,226.

The ministry reported in a statement 39 new deaths and 2,314 more recovered cases in the country, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 11,834 and the total recoveries to 457,490.

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LOS ANGELES -- California governor Gavin Newsom announced on Thursday a mandatory overnight stay-at-home order limiting non-essential work, movement and gatherings in most of the most populous U.S. state to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

The order requires generally that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. local time in counties in the purple tier, where COVID-19 transmission rates are highest. The order will take effect at 10 p.m. on Nov. 21 and remain in effect until 5 a.m. on Dec. 21, according to the office of the governor.

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VILNIUS -- Lithuanian Parliament Speaker Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen and Acting Minister of Defense Raimundas Karoblis have tested positive for COVID-19, Lithuanian news agency ELTA reported on Thursday.

Former chess grandmaster Cmilyte-Nielsen, who was elected on Friday as speaker of the Lithuanian parliament, said she did not feel any symptoms and followed all the recommendations including wearing a mask at all meetings, keeping social distance and avoiding handshakes. Enditem

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