Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, June 24

Asia

SEOUL — South Korea reported 51 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Wednesday local time, raising the total number of infections to 12,535.

The daily caseload rose above 50 in four days owing to the continued growth in both local and imported cases. Of the new cases, 20 were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 1,491. (South Korea-COVID-19)

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NEW DELHI — India’s health ministry Wednesday morning reported 465 new deaths and 15,968 new COVID-19 cases during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 14,476 and total cases to 456,183.

This is the biggest single day spike in terms of new COVID-19 cases in the country so far.

According to ministry officials, so far 258,685 people have been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement. (India-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG — Various sectors in Hong Kong and the majority of Hong Kong residents have expressed support for the national security legislation for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), opposing external interference led by the United States.

A Hong Kong organization called the United Front Supporting National Security Legislation has launched an online petition in protest of external interference, which was signed by more than one million people as of Tuesday evening. (Hong Kong-Legislation)

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SYDNEY, June 24 (Xinhua) — Australia recorded its first COVID-19 death in over a month on Wednesday, that of a man in his 80s, amid an outbreak of cases in the State of Victoria.

The incident takes the national death toll to 103 and the number of deaths in Victoria to 20.

Since last week Victoria has recorded over 100 positive tests for COVID-19 in what has been the largest jump in infections in several months, putting the entire country on increased alert. (Australia-COVID-19)

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