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A local resident reads newspaper in a market amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Klang, Selangor, Malaysia, Oct. 8, 2020. (Photo by Chong Voon Chung/Xinhua)

— Malaysia reports 354 new COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths;

— Indonesia reports 4,094 new COVID-19 cases, 97 more deaths;

— The Philippines reports 2,996 new COVID-19 cases, 334,770 in total;

— India’s COVID-19 tally rises to 6,906,151.

HONG KONG, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) — The following are the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia-Pacific countries on Friday:

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia reported 354 new COVID-19 infections, the Health Ministry said, bringing the national total to 14,722.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press briefing that two of the new cases are imported and 352 are local transmissions. The majority of new cases are from the easter state of Sabah, with 274 new cases reported.

Six more deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 152.



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A COVID-19 advice notice is seen outside an Apple store in Sydney, Australia, on Sept. 19, 2020. (Photo by Hu Jingchen/Xinhua)

CANBERRA — Australia has recorded zero death from COVID-19 for two consecutive days for the first time in two months.

Australia’s death toll from COVID-19 remained 897.

As of Friday evening there have been 27,229 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. A total of 24 new cases were reported in last 24 hours.



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A medical worker inside a chamber collects swab samples from a woman amid the COVID-19 outbreak at a laboratory in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Xinhua/Agung Kuncahya B.)

JAKARTA — The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia increased by 4,094 in the last 24 hours to 324,658, with the death toll adding by 97 to 11,677, the Health Ministry said.

According to the ministry, 3,607 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 247,667.



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A pet cat is seen inside a car during a drive-thru pet blessing in Manila, the Philippines on Oct. 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

MANILA — The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines surged to 334,770 with an additional 2,996 reported by the Health Ministry.

Of the 2,996 newly confirmed infections, the ministry said that 2,554 or 85 percent occurred “within the recent 14 days” from Sept. 26 to Oct. 9.

The ministry said that the number of recoveries rose to 275,307 after 1,045 more patients recovered. Meanwhile, 83 more patients died from COVID-19, bringing the total death toll to 6,152.



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People wearing masks wait to cross a street outside a supermarket in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Sept. 29, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Jingqiang)

SEOUL — South Korea reported 54 more cases of the COVID-19 as of midnight Thursday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 24,476.

The daily caseload stayed below 100 for two straight days, but the double-digit growth continued due to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province.

One more death was confirmed, leaving the death toll at 428. The total fatality rate stood at 1.75 percent.



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A man wearing face mask waits to pass the avenue though face covering is not mandatory anymore under COVID-19 Alert Level 1 in Auckland, New Zealand, Oct. 8, 2020. (Photo by Wilson/Xinhua)

WELLINGTON — New Zealand reported two new cases of COVID-19 from managed isolation, and there are no new cases in the community.

New Zealand’s total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is 1,510, which is the number reported to the World Health Organization, said a ministry statement.

The country’s total number of active cases is now 41, all imported cases. There are no active community cases of COVID-19, it said.



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A health worker takes a nasal swab sample from a woman for a COVID-19 test in Bangalore, India, Oct. 7, 2020. (Str/Xinhua)

NEW DELHI — India’s COVID-19 tally reached 6,906,151 and death toll 106,490, as 70,496 new cases were detected and 964 patients died during the past 24 hours, said the latest data released by the health ministry.

Still there are 893,592 active COVID-19 cases in the country, while 5,906,069 people have been successfully cured and discharged from hospitals.

The southern state of Tamil Nadu has become the second state in the country to have surpassed the death toll of 10,000, after the southwestern state of Maharashtra.