Live COVID-19 updates: Spain reports 17,681 new COVID-19 cases, total tops 1.7 mln

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BEIJING, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MADRID -- Spain's Health Ministry reported on Monday 17,681 new coronavirus cases over the weekend, taking the national tally to 1,702,328.

The country's COVID-19 death toll has hit 46,646 after 394 deaths were added over the weekend, it said.

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KAMPALA -- Uganda on Monday registered 701 new COVID-19 cases, the highest-ever daily increase, bringing its national count to 23,200.

The new cases were out of the 5,578 samples tested for the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said in a statement.

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ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia's COVID-19 tally rose to 888 on Tuesday after one more case was registered in the past 24 hours, said the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD).

The latest confirmed case was locally transmitted in the northern Mongolian province of Selenge, the NCCD said in a statement.

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally reached 9,703,770 on Tuesday as 26,567 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the health ministry.

According to the data, the death toll mounted to 140,958 as 385 COVID-19 patients died since Monday morning.

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HONG KONG -- Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), said on Tuesday that in view of the worsening COVID-19 epidemic situation in Hong Kong, social distancing measures will be further tightened including the banning of dine-in services in restaurants after 6 p.m..

Lam said to the media before attending the Executive Council meeting on Tuesday that the recent epidemic has been worrying, with 661 new cases of COVID-19 reported over the past week. Patients in critical and serious conditions involved not only the elderly but also the younger people. Enditem

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