Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, Sept. 3


HONG KONG — The government of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Thursday held a commemoration for the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.

A ceremony was held in the City Hall Memorial Garden on Thursday morning, which included raising the national and HKSAR flags, firing guns to pay tribute to the martyrs, observing a moment of silence, laying wreaths and bowing. (Hong Kong-75th Anniversary-Anti-Japanese War)

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MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines reported 1,987 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the lowest daily increase in more than one month in the Southeast Asian country.

The last time the daily new cases in the Philippines fell below 2,000 was on July 29, which stood at 1,834.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Philippines surged to 228,403 on Thursday. (Philippines-COVID-19-Cases)

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PHNOM PENH — Tourism businesses in Cambodia have gradually reopened after the situation of COVID-19 in the kingdom has eased, Tourism Ministry’s secretary of state Tith Chantha said on Thursday.

Some 3,135 tourism establishments such as hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, massage-spa parlors, karaoke clubs, nightclubs, beer gardens, and tour and travel operators had been either closed or suspended between March and July due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, affecting over 110,000 workers. (Cambodia-Tourism-Reopen)

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TOKYO — A crew member of a squid fishing boat that caught fire in a port in northeastern Japan has been confirmed dead, the Japan Coast Guard said Thursday according to local media reports.

The coast guard said it believes the body it discovered inside the 14-ton fishing boat is that of a man in his 50s who was previously reported as missing, local media reported. (Japan-Fishing boat-Fire)

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NEW DELHI — India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 3,853,406, as the death toll mounted to 67,376 on Thursday, showed the latest data released by the federal health ministry.

As many as 83,883 new cases and 1,043 deaths were recorded over the past 24 hours across the country. This is the highest single-day spike of new COVID-19 cases in the country so far. (India-COVID-19-Cases)

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