Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, April 3


BANGKOK — Five people were killed due to a blaze and collapse of a three-story house in Bangkok on Saturday.

A firefighter, three rescue workers and a resident of the gutted house were killed at the scene and six others were seriously injured, according to Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang, who scrambled to the scene alongside city officials. (Thailand-Bangkok-Fire)

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DHAKA — Bangladesh reported 5,683 new COVID-19 cases and 58 new deaths on Saturday, making the tally at 630,277 and death toll at 9,213, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The official data showed that 24,548 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh. (Bangladesh-COVID-19 cases)

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JAKARTA — Thousands of houses are still submerged by floods in Indonesia’s East Java province but the waters have been receding and a number of evacuees have returned home, according to the National Disaster Management Agency on Saturday.

The agency’s spokesman Raditya Jati said the floods are still inundating houses in Pasuruan district. (Indonesia-Floods)

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MANILA — The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported on Saturday 12,576 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 784,043.

The active cases ballooned to 165,715 while the death toll climbed to 13,423 after 103 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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NEW DELHI — India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 12,392,260 on Saturday as 89,129 new cases were reported from across the country, according to the latest figures released by the federal health ministry.

Besides, 714 deaths were registered, taking the death toll to 164,110.

Both the number of new cases and deaths are the highest this year so far. (India-Pandemic)

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