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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Oct. 28

28 Oct 2020, 15:44 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- A senior U.S. State Department official tested positive for COVID-19 after a recent trip to Europe, U.S. media reported on Tuesday.

Citing several U.S. and foreign officials, The Washington Post reported that Peter Berkowitz, the director of policy planning at the State Department, tested positive after his trip to Britain, Hungary and France earlier this month. (US-Official-COVID-19)

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BEIJING -- The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mexico surpassed 900,000 on Wednesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

With the total COVID-19 cases in the country reaching 901,268, Mexico's COVID-19 death toll has risen to 89,814 as of 0430 GMT Wednesday, the CSSE data showed. (Mexico-COVID-19)

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WASHINGTON -- A school bus collided with a utility vehicle in the U.S. state of Tennessee on Tuesday, leaving two people dead, including a 7-year-old girl, according to U.S. media.

The accident occurred on a state highway in Meigs County when the school bus carrying 22 children failed to stop in time and clashed with the vehicle of Service Electric Company. (US-Accident-School Bus)

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PARIS -- The French government is considering a month-long lockdown nationwide to halt the COVID-19 epidemic resurgence, France's BFM TV reported Tuesday.

The lockdown could take effect from midnight on Thursday. But such a measure has not been announced yet. BFM TV said the lockdown would be more flexible than restrictions imposed in March this year. (France-Lockdown-COVID-19)

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