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Xinhua world news summary at 1100 GMT, Nov. 20

Xinhua
20 Nov 2020, 21:44 GMT+10

NEW DELHI -- The number of COVID-19 cases registered per day in India had fallen below 30,000 a few days ago, but it has once again risen to nearly 46,000, as the country's tally surpassed the 9-million mark on Friday.

On Tuesday the number of new cases had fallen to 29,163 and 449 people had died. This figure shot up to 45,882 on Friday, with 584 deaths. (India-COVID-19)

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HARARE -- The Zimbabwe government has raised road tolling fees by 166 percent for small vehicles, while heavy vehicles will pay nearly 120 percent more.

The increases, in effect from Friday, will ensure more funding for road development and rehabilitation as the country approaches the raining season, said Tendai Mugabe, public relations and marketing manager of Zimbabwe National Road Administration. (Zimbabwe-Road Tolling)

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WASHINGTON -- China's luxury market has flourished while the global luxury sector has seen its largest ever fall in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a global management consultancy.

The Chinese mainland has been the only region globally to end the year on a positive note, with sales rising 45 percent to 44 billion euros (about 52 billion U.S. dollars), Bain & Company said in a report released on Wednesday. (China-Luxury Market)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's central bank, Bank Negara, said on Friday that its international reserves stood at 104.9 billion U.S. dollars as of Nov. 13.

The central bank said in a statement that the reserves position is sufficient to finance 8.6 months of retained imports and is 1.2 times total short-term external debt. (Malaysia-International Reserves)

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BRUSSELS -- Top European Union (EU) officials have underscored the need to be more cautious about lifting restrictions amid the second wave of COVID-19 infections.

"We need to learn past lessons and be cautious when we lift restrictions," European Council President Charles Michel said at a press conference following the EU leaders' videoconference on Thursday. (EU-COVID-19)

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