QUITO – Ecuador registered 446 new cases and six more deaths from the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 209,274 and the number of deaths to 9,439, the Ministry of Health reported on Saturday.
The Ministry stated that the number of “probable deaths” from COVID-19 is still 4551. (Ecuador-COVID-19)
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UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for peaceful and secure legislative and presidential elections in Niger, his spokesman said.
Recalling the peaceful conduct of the local elections on December 13, the Secretary-General called on all national stakeholders to ensure that Sunday’s votes are conducted in an inclusive, peaceful and secure manner, said Stephane Dujarric, spokeswoman, in a statement. (UN-Niger election)
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TRIPOLI – Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar met on Saturday with the Libyan government’s defense minister, Salahaddin Namroush, in the Libyan capital Tripoli and discussed security cooperation between the two countries.
“We discussed the continuation of the signed agreement by intensifying training programs for our forces and developing the military system to an international level,” Namroush reported after the meeting. (Libya-Turkey cooperation)
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STOCKHOLM – A person who traveled from London to Sweden to celebrate Christmas has been confirmed ill with the new and more infectious variant of coronavirus that has spread rapidly in the UK recently.
Sara Byfors, Sweden’s public health care agency, told a press conference on Saturday that the person has been self-isolating since he arrived in the southwestern province of Sormland and that no one else in the household has tested positive for COVID-19. However, Byfors added that there are probably more cases in Sweden that have not yet been discovered. (Sweden-UK-COVID)