Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, July 27


NEW DELHI — India’s federal health ministry on Monday morning reported 708 more deaths and 49,931 new COVID-19 cases during the past 24 hours, taking the number of deaths to 32,771 and total cases to 1,435,453.

This has been the highest single-day spike in terms of fresh COVID-19 cases in the country. (India-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG — The central government will provide all necessary support for the anti-epidemic fight in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) at the request of the HKSAR government, the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR said.

As long as the HKSAR has the need, the central government will provide great assistance in medical materials, facilities and equipment at any time, a spokesperson of the office said in a statement on Sunday night, promising to help Hong Kong improve its virus testing capability and assist in the construction of makeshift hospitals. (Hong Kong-COVID-19-Support)

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SYDNEY — Australia recorded its biggest daily jump in COVID-19 cases on Monday, with 549 new infections, as well as its deadliest day, with 10 people passing away on Sunday after contracting the virus.

All of the deaths and almost all of the confirmed cases occurred in the southeastern state of Victoria which in the past month has seen case numbers surge despite the reintroduction of social distancing restrictions. (Australia-COVID-19)

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SEOUL — South Korea reported 25 more cases of the COVID-19 as of midnight Monday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 14,175.

The daily caseload fell below 30 in a week, but it continued to grow in double digits due to small cluster infections and imported cases. (South Korea-COVID-19)

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