Live COVID-19 updates: Canada’s coronavirus cases surpass 750,000

The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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OTTAWA — Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday that the government is looking seriously at tougher travel measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, including mandatory hotel quarantines for air travelers returning from non-essential trips abroad.

As of Monday afternoon, Canada’s COVID-19 cases surpassed 750,000, with the total hitting 750,925, including 19,187 deaths Monday afternoon, according to CTV.

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HAVANA — Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health on Monday reported 567 new COVID-19 infections and three deaths from the disease in the previous 24 hours, raising its caseload to 21,828 and the death toll to 197.

For 25 of the new daily cases, the source of infection was from abroad, while the rest acquired the disease through community transmission.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday announced measures to ban most non-U.S. citizens traveling from South Africa from entering the United States, in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

According to a proclamation issued by the White House, the travel restrictions on South Africa, where a new coronavirus variant had emerged, will be effective at 12:01 a.m. EST on Jan. 30.

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PARIS — France has reported 445 new COVID-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 73,494, health authorities’ data showed on Monday.

Meanwhile, 4,240 people tested positive for COVID-19 within one day, bringing the country’s cumulative number of infections to 3,057,857.

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TUNIS — Tunisian Health Ministry on Monday reported 1,263 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections in the country to 198,636.

The death toll from the virus rose by 53 to 6,287, the ministry said in a statement.

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BEIJING — China has rolled out a series of guidelines to ensure the well-being of people who had been asked to avoid traveling during the upcoming Spring Festival holiday.

All residents in areas at high risk of COVID-19 shall stay at their current residing localities to prevent spreading the epidemic, said a recent circular released by the general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.