Tue, 29 Sep 2020

NEW DELHI -- India's health ministry announced on Monday that the country's COVID-19 cases have surpassed 1.8 million, reaching 1,803,695.

As many as 52,972 fresh cases were added to the tally in the past 24 hours, according to data released by the ministry.

Meanwhile, 771 deaths took place during the past 24 hours taking the total deaths to 38,135. (India-COVID19-Cases)

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 23 more cases of the COVID-19 as of 0:00 a.m. Monday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the country's total number of infections to 14,389.

The daily caseload fell below 30 due to a sharp drop in local infections, but it continued to grow in double digits owing to imported cases. (S.Korea-COVID19-Cases)

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WELLINGTON -- The New Zealand final of the 13th "Chinese Bridge" Speech Contest for World Secondary School Students ended here on Sunday at the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW).

Three Confucius Institutes in New Zealand selected 35 contestants from 25 schools in New Zealand's North and South Islands to participate in the competition. It is reported that the top four in the high school group will represent New Zealand in the finals of the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Speech Contest for World Middle School Students in China. (New Zealand-Chinese Bridge)

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CANBERRA -- Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Monday said the state of Victoria is at "war" with COVID-19.

Frydenberg said he was devastated by the worsening coronavirus situation in Victoria as the number of cases continued to grow.

The Victorian government on Sunday evening announced a move into stage four lockdown restrictions, with a curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. instituted across Melbourne and further constraints on people's movement introduced. (Australia-Victoria-COVID19)

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MANILA -- Millions of residents of Metro Manila and four nearby provinces were ordered to stay at home starting Tuesday as a stricter lockdown rule was reintroduced in these areas due to a surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reverted late on Sunday that Metro Manila and the outlying provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and Bulacan, where many of the fresh COVID-19 cases were recorded, will be under stricter "modified enhanced community quarantine" (MECQ) effective Aug. 4 up to Aug. 18 to try to arrest the galloping spike of the COVID-19. (Philippines-COVID19-Lockdown)

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