Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, June 14


HONG KONG — Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government Paul Chan on Sunday appealed to relevant people to put aside conflicts and focus on the region’s economic development.

In an online article, Chan said Hong Kong’s unemployment rate, which hit 5.2 percent in April, will further increase and even likely surpass the worst-case scenario witnessed during the global financial crisis in 2009. (Hong Kong-Violence-Economy)

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NEW DELHI — An earthquake of magnitude 5.8 struck 122 km north northwest of Rajkot in India’s western state of Gujarat at 8:13 p.m. local time on Sunday, said the National Center for Seismology (NCS). (India-Earthquake)

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JAKARTA — The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 857 within one day to 38,277, with the death toll adding by 43 to 2,134, Health Ministry official Achmad Yurianto said at a press conference on Sunday.

He said 755 more people had been discharged from hospitals, making the total number of recovered patients stand at 14,531. (Indonesia-COVID-19)

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MANILA — The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines rose to 25,930 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 539 more infections on Sunday.

The DOH said in its bulletin that the number of recoveries further climbed to 5,954 after 248 more patients have survived the disease. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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JALALABAD, Afghanistan — One people was killed and three others sustained injury as a blast rocked Jalalabad city the capital of eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday, provincial government spokesman Ataullah Khogiani said.

According to the official, the blast was a roadside bomb targeting a car in front of a government office, killing one civilian on the spot and injuring three others. (Afghanistan-Blast)

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