Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Sept. 5


NEW DELHI — Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Saturday said the fire on a supertanker has been reduced and the tanker has been pushed away from Sri Lanka’s coast and into deeper waters.

A spokesman of ICG said the firefighting operation was still underway.

“ICG and Sri Lankan ships and aircraft along with tug winger after consolidated efforts successfully towed New Diamond more than 35 nautical miles (NM) away from Sri Lanka coast to safe waters,” the ICG spokesman said. (India-Oil Tanker Fire)

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PHNOM PENH — Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Saturday that strengthening globalization and multilateral trade are crucial to supporting global economic growth and reducing poverty.

The prime minister made the remarks at the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit which was held virtually from Sept. 4 to 5 and co-hosted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates. (Cambodia-Globalization)

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DHAKA — Bangladesh reported 1,950 new COVID-19 cases and 35 new deaths on Saturday, making the tally at 323,565 and death toll at 4,447, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The official data showed that 12,847 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh. (Bangladesh-COVID-19)

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TOKYO — The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan increased by 596 to reach 71,585 as of Saturday night, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities.

The figure excludes the 712 cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama near Tokyo earlier in the year. (Japan-COVID-19)

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CANBERRA — Australian state of Victoria recorded 11 new deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday.

As of Saturday afternoon there have been 26,207 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, and the number of new cases in last 24 hours is 83.

The national death toll has increased by 11 to 748 after a record increase of 59 on Friday. (Australia-COVID-19)

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KABUL — The Afghan Ministry of Public Health on Saturday confirmed 20 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of patients in the country to 38,324.

A total of 231 tests were conducted within the past 24 hours, and 20 were positive in seven out of 34 Afghan provinces, the ministry said in a statement. (Afghanistan-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG — More than 1 million Hong Kong residents have pre-registered for the ongoing mass testing program of COVID-19 by noon of Saturday as Hong Kong is striving to stop the spread of the virus.

Patrick Nip, secretary for the civil service of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government, revealed the figure on Saturday and called for the active participation of residents to cut transmission chains in communities. (Hong Kong-Testing Program)

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JAKARTA — The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 3,128 within one day to 190,665, with the death toll adding by 108 to 7,940, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

According to the ministry, 2,220 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 136,401.

The virus has spread to all the country’s 34 provinces. (Indonesia-COVID-19)

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MANILA — The number of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines surged to 234,570 after the Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines reported 2,529 new daily cases on Saturday.

The DOH said that the number of recoveries surged to 161,668 after 1,136 more patients recovered. Meanwhile, 53 more patients died from the viral disease, bringing the death toll to 3,790. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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DHAKA — Twelve worshippers including a boy died and dozens of others suffered serious burn injuries after air conditioners of a masjid burst Friday night in Bangladesh’s central Narayanganj district, about 20 km from the capital Dhaka, an official said Saturday morning.

Samanta Lal Sen, the coordinator of the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery in Dhaka, told journalists that “12 people till Saturday morning died after being admitted to the institute with major burns on their bodies.” (Bangladesh-Air Conditioner Accident)

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SEOUL — South Korea reported 168 more cases of the COVID-19 as of 0:00 a.m. Saturday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 21,010.

The daily caseload stayed below 200 for three straight days, but it continued to grow in triple digits since Aug. 14. (South Korea-COVID-19)

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NEW DELHI — India’s COVID-19 tally surpassed 4 million on Saturday, reaching 4,023,179 as the number of deaths soared to 69,561, confirmed federal health ministry’s data.

According to the data, 86,432 new COVID-19 cases and 1,089 deaths were recorded during the past 24 hours from across the country. (India-COVID-19)

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