Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Sept. 14


TOKYO — Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Monday started a presidential election to pick Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s successor.

At a joint plenary meeting which started from 2 p.m. local time (0500 GMT), LDP party members from both houses of Japan’s bicameral parliament and delegates from local chapters are voting to elect the party’s new leader. The results are expected to be announced at around 3:30 p.m. local time (0630 GMT). (Japan-LDP-Election)

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NEW DELHI — India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 4,846,427 and the death toll surged to 79,722, as 92,071 new cases and 1,136 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, revealed the latest data released by the health ministry on Monday.

Still there are 986,598 COVID-19 cases across the country, while 3,780,107 people were successfully cured and discharged from hospitals. (India-COVID-19-Tally)

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SYDNEY — The Australian State of Victoria has announced an additional 3-billion-Australian dollar (2.18-billion-U.S. dollar) support package for businesses under COVID-19 lockdown, including tax relief and cash handouts.

The move roughly doubles total state government support, as Victoria deals with a strict lockdown which has lasted since early August and is expected to continue for at least another month. (Australia-Victoria-COVID-19)

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SEOUL — South Korea reported 109 more daily cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Sunday, raising the total number of infections to 22,285.

The daily caseload stayed below 200 for 12 straight days, but continued to grow in triple digits since Aug. 14. (South Korea-COVID-19-Caseload)

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