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SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's capital city and nearby areas will close bars and nightclubs, limit religious gatherings, and restrict service at restaurants, in a bid to contain a burgeoning third wave of coronavirus infections, the health minister said on Sunday.
PARIS (Reuters) - France will start easing coronavirus lockdown rules in coming weeks, carrying out the process in three stages so as to avoid a new flareup in the pandemic, the government said on Sunday.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia moved a step closer to normal life on Sunday, opening some internal borders and easing restrictions in regions affected by COVID-19, as the vast majority of the country has seen no new community infections or deaths for weeks.
HAVANA (Reuters) - A number of international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, have denounced Cuban state harassment of a group of activists in Havana who say they have gone on hunger strike in protest against curbs on free speech.
LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal is to ban domestic travel and close schools around two upcoming holidays in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus ahead of Christmas, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said on Saturday.
CAIRO, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi praised on Saturday the economic performance of the Egyptian government despite the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic, commending the positive outlook of the Egyptian economy stated by world financial institutions including the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
(Reuters) - The United States recorded its 12th million COVID-19 case on Saturday, even as millions of Americans were expected to travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, ignoring warnings from health officials about furthering the spread of the infectious disease.
BAGHDAD, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi Health Ministry reported on Saturday 1,786 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the nationwide infections to 533,555.
ZERMATT, Switzerland (Reuters) - Blue skies over the Matterhorn drew skiers and snowboarders to Zermatt on Saturday, as well as police to break up crowds, as Switzerland's modest coronavirus restrictions allowed near-normal operations while other Alpine resorts keep their lifts shut.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has identified six sites in the capital Berlin to be used as centres to administer the new coronavirus vaccination, an official at the civil protection agency said on Saturday, calling for volunteers to carry out the work.