Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1620 GMT, April 6

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MUMBAI — India’s financial capital Mumbai will have all its beaches in the city shut till April 30 as part of additional restrictions levied by the city’s civic authority on Tuesday to control the rising COVID-19 cases.

All beaches, gardens, public grounds will remain closed from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. on weekdays and from 8:00 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday, said the circular by BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). (India=Mumbai-Beach)

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NEW DELHI — India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov held talks in New Delhi on Tuesday and discussed bilateral and global issues, said a statement issued by the Indian ministry of external affairs.

The focus of their discussions was preparations for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India for the annual summit later this year.

“We talked about longstanding partnership in nuclear, space and defence sectors. We assessed positively our economic cooperation, noting the new opportunities in Russian Far East,” said Jaishankar while briefing media persons after the talks. (India-Russia-FM)

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DHAKA — The death toll of Sunday’s ferry sinking in the Shitalakkhya River near Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka rose to 34 on Tuesday after another five bodies were retrieved.

The bodies were recovered from the river of Shitalakkhya in Narayanganj district, about 20 km from Dhaka. (Bangladesh-Ferry accident-Death toll)

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TOKYO — Japanese health minister Norihisa Tamura on Tuesday warned that the number of COVID-19 infections in Tokyo has been consistently rising and called for increased vigilance.

Meanwhile, new infections in the western prefecture of Osaka surged to an all-time high, far eclipsing those in the capital on Tuesday, amid concerns that tougher anti-virus measures just implemented may not be enough. (Japan-COVID-19)

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MANILA — Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Tuesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Lorenzana said in a statement that he would isolate, “following quarantine guidelines to avoid infecting others.”

Lorenzana heads the national task force that implements the government’s strategy to defeat COVID-19. (Philippines-Defense secretary-COVID-19)

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