Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Aug. 7


SEOUL — South Korea reported 20 more cases of the COVID-19 as of 0:00 a.m. Friday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 14,519.

The daily caseload fell below 30 in four days, but it continued to rise in double digits due to small cluster infections and imported cases.

Of the new cases, 11 were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 2,531. (South Korea-COVID-19)

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NEW DELHI — India’s COVID-19 tally crossed 2 million mark on Friday, reaching 2,027,074, the federal health ministry said.

As many as 62,538 new cases were detected in the country in the past 24 hours. A total of 886 people died since Thursday, taking the death toll to 41,585, showed the ministry’s data.

According to the data, 1,378,105 people have been successfully treated and discharged from hospitals. Still there are 607,384 active cases in various hospitals across the country. (India-COVID-19)

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MANILA — The number of Filipinos killed in the Beirut explosions rose to four, the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Friday.

The country’s Foreign Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola said that the Philippine Embassy to Beirut has also documented a total of 31 Filipinos who were injured while one remains missing.

Quoting Philippine Embassy Beirut Charge d’affaires Ajeet Panemanglor, she said that two of the 31 injured Filipinos “remain in critical condition.” (Philippines-Berut Blasts)

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CANBERRA — Australian scientists said on Friday that they had made a breakthrough that could lead to the development of treatments for drug-resistant malaria.

In a study published on Friday, researchers from Australian National University (ANU) found that PfCRT, a protein that is largely responsible for drug resistance in Plasmodium parasites which cause malaria, can be inhibited. (Australia-Malaria)

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