Live COVID-19 updates: S. Africa tightens regional restriction to curb spread

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BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa will impose additional restrictive measures in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality in an effort to stem the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a televised address on Thursday.

Under the new rules, in addition to the existing Alert Level 1 regulations, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro will impose a curfew from midnight Thursday.

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BEIJING -- China's National Health Commission said Friday that it received reports of 17 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Thursday, two of which were domestically transmitted in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Fifteen cases were imported from outside the mainland and reported in Shanghai, Fujian, Henan, Shandong and Guangdong, the commission said in its daily report.

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SAO PAULO -- Brazil Thursday recorded 755 more deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of fatalities to 175,270.

According to the Brazilian Ministry of Health, the country averaged 544 daily deaths in the past seven days.

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QUITO -- Ecuador will hire more than 12,000 doctors and healthcare workers to strengthen its public health system in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Lenin Moreno said Thursday.

Moreno announced the decision via Twitter after holding talks with healthcare professionals, representatives of the National Assembly, and Health Minister Juan Carlos Zevallos. Enditem

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