Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, June 16


NEW DELHI — India’s health ministry on Tuesday morning said 10,667 more COVID-19 cases and 380 new deaths were reported during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 9,900 and total cases to 343,091.

“As on 8:00 a.m. (local time) Tuesday, 9,900 deaths related to novel Coronavirus have been recorded in the country,” reads information released by the ministry. (India-COVID-19)

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WELLINGTON — The New Zealand Ministry of Health reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday for the first time in 24 days.

The ministry confirmed that the two new cases were both related to the border as a result of recent travel from Britain.

The combined number of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand was 1,506, including 1,156 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which is the number reported to the World Health Organization, said a ministry statement. (New Zealand-COVID-19)

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SEOUL — South Korea reported 34 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Tuesday local time, raising the total number of infections to 12,155.

The daily caseload stayed below 40 for the third straight day. Of the new cases, 13 were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 1,359. (South Korea-COVID-19)

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ISLAMABAD — Six people were killed and 10 others injured when fire erupted in a van traveling at a motorway in Faisalabad district of Pakistan’s east Punjab province on Monday, local media reported.

The incident happened when the van’s engine heated up due to technical fault, Dunya News reported, adding that the fire engulfed the whole van within minutes. (Pakistan-Van Fire)

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