Live COVID-19 updates: U.S. adds 1 mln cases in 7 days

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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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WASHINGTON -- The United States reported more than one million new COVID-19 cases over the past week, a 26 percent increase over the previous week, according to latest data of the COVID Tracking Project.

This wave of cases came in a time when hospital systems across the country are already inundated with COVID-19 patients and are warning of staff shortages.

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump Jr., U.S. President Donald Trump's eldest son, has tested positive for the coronavirus, local media reported on Friday.

"Don tested positive at the start of the week and has been quarantining out at his cabin since the result," a spokesperson for Trump Jr. said.

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OTTAWA -- Canada's retail sales rose 1.1 percent to 53.9 billion Canadian dollars (about 41 billion U.S. dollars) in September, according to Statistics Canada on Friday.

September is the fifth consecutive monthly increase since the record decline in April due to the impact of the COVID-19.

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LISBON -- Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa announced on Friday the renewal of the "state of emergency" in the country until Dec. 8 to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I have just decreed the renewal of the state of emergency. The later measures are taken, the less effective they will be," said the president in a televised speech.

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MINSK -- Belarus reported 1,457 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking its total to 120,847, according to the country's health ministry.

There have been 1,165 new recoveries in the past 24 hours, bringing its total to 100,749, the ministry said.

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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Health Ministry on Friday called on the citizens to abide by health-protective measures against COVID-19, such as wearing masks, sanitizing hands and maintaining social distancing.

The ministry warned against ignoring the measures, saying that many of the new infections were for people who had already recovered from the disease. Enditem

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