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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Oct. 30

30 Oct 2020, 10:44 GMT+10

NEW YORK -- U.S. stocks finished higher on Thursday, recouping some of the massive losses they suffered in the prior session.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 139.16 points, or 0.52 percent, to 26,659.11. The S&P 500 increased 39.08 points, or 1.19 percent, to 3,310.11. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 180.72 points, or 1.64 percent, to 11,185.59. (US-Stocks-Rise)

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's government on Thursday said it will allocate 32 billion pesos (about 1.5 billion U.S. dollars) for the initial purchase of medicine via a United Nations agency to guarantee transparency in the acquisition process.

According to Finance Minister Arturo Herrera, some 384 drugs will be acquired through the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), which will seek the best quality medication at the lowest prices. (Mexico-medicine)

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NEW YORK -- The COVID-19 test positivity rate in the focus areas under New York state's micro-cluster strategy, where the pandemic has been the most severe, was 3.24 percent on Wednesday, down from 3.78 percent one day earlier, Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted on Thursday.

The statewide positivity rate excluding these focus areas was 1.25 percent, compared with 1.37 percent on Tuesday, he said. (US-New York-Pandemic)

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STOCKHOLM -- Sweden extended its COVID-19 restrictions to more regions on Thursday, including the capital Stockholm, as the country reported a record 3,254 new infections in 24 hours.

Swedish Television (SVT) on Thursday quoted State Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell as saying that "Stockholm County, Vastra Gotaland County and Ostergotland County will have stricter restrictions to reduce the spread of infection." (Sweden-COVID-restrictions)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's special cabinet on fighting COVID-19 pandemic decided on Thursday to partially reopen elementary schools on Sunday, Nov. 1, as part of easing the full nationwide lockdown.

The Israel's Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Education announced in a joint statement that schools in Israel will reopen for classes from the first to fourth grade, for at least four days a week in each grade. (Israel-COVID-19-Easing Lockdown)

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