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KAMPALA -- The Chinese embassy in Uganda on Saturday mourned the death of the African country's Second Deputy Prime Minister Ali Kirunda Kivejinja.

The embassy in a tweet described Kivejinja as a true revolutionist in the east African country. (Uganda-Kivejinja)

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BUENOS AIRES -- Argentine President Alberto Fernandez on Saturday highlighted multiple official aid plans set to mitigate the social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Without projects such as Emergency Family Income and Assistance for Work and Production, poverty rate would be much higher, Fernandez said in a statement to the radio station "El Destape." (Argentina-Coronavirus)

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BANGKOK -- A curfew has been declared throughout Thailand's pandemic-hit Samut Sakhon province near Bangkok starting Saturday in the face of a spread of COVID-19 which has infected 548 people so far.

Provincial governor Verasak Vichitsangsri announced in a press conference the lockdown measures, including the curfew between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. from Saturday until Jan. 3. (Thailand-COVID-19-Curfew)

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THIMPHU -- Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, went into complete lockdown starting Sunday after a 25-year-old woman who visited a flu clinic at the National Referral Hospital in Thimphu was found positive for COVID-19.

Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering announced the lockdown within Thimphu city with immediate effect and asked everyone to remain home. (Bhutan-Thimphu-Lockdown) Enditem

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