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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, Jan. 24

Xinhua
24 Jan 2021, 22:44 GMT+10

SAO PAULO -- Unnecessary movement as well as non-essential activities will be banned for seven days starting from Monday in the face of the collapse of the health system due to the surge in the cases of COVID-19, Wilson Lima, governor of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, announced on Saturday.

"The movement of people will be prohibited, which does not mean cutting off their right to come and go, but they can only leave out of extreme necessity, such as going to the doctor, the supermarket or being authorized to work," said the governor at a press conference.

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TUNIS -- The Tunisian health ministry announced on Saturday that the nationwide curfew which forbids people from going out from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time will be extended to Feb. 14 in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

"The current health situation is extremely serious in Tunisia ... and we have no other way out than to strictly apply health protocols," said Nissaf Ben Alaya, spokesperson of the health ministry, during a press conference.

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NEW YORK -- New York City's COVID-19 test positivity rate on a seven-day average went down to 9 percent, compared with 9.03 percent one day earlier, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Saturday.

Meanwhile, de Blasio said that there were 293 new hospital admissions and new cases of the coronavirus reached 4,588, adding that "It's a cold Saturday so if you do need to go outside, bundle up, wear a mask, practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings."

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HARARE -- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Saturday that frontline staff will be the first ones to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, which he said would be rolled out as soon as experts determine which ones to take.

Giving a State of the Nation Address at State House, Mnangagwa said the experts were "very close" to recommending the course to take on the choice of the vaccine, which should ensure safety and effectiveness. "Once we receive the vaccine, and it will be quite soon, they will be the first ones to be inoculated."

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