Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Aug. 14


By UnreguserYang Ke
  • World
  • Saturday, 15 Aug 2020

KABUL -- At least 27 people, including 15 soldiers, were killed and about 11 others wounded in separate clashes in Afghanistan on Friday, authorities confirmed.

One security personnel was wounded when he was patrolling outside a mosque where he detected a motorcycle bomb in Police District 17 of Afghanistan's capital Kabul during Friday prayers at midday, the capital police said. (Afghanistan-Clashes-Toll)

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MANILA -- The Chinese embassy in the Philippines on Friday donated 1 million pesos (20,519 U.S. dollars) in cash and some personal protective equipment (PPEs) to the Philippine medical frontliners to show China's appreciation and support for their hard work in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian handed over the cash and PPEs during a meeting with the representatives of medical frontliners at the embassy, according to an embassy statement. (Philippines-China-Donation)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand's largest city Auckland will remain in COVID-19 Alert Level 3 for 12 more days, with the rest of the country staying in Alert Level 2, as there are currently 36 active cases, 17 of which are linked to the recent community transmission in Auckland.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a press conference on Friday the cabinet had unanimously decided to maintain the current alert levels until Aug. 26. The government will review situation and make further decisions on Aug. 21. (New Zealand-Pandemic-Alert level)

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NEW DELHI -- Total COVID-19 cases in India have crossed 2.4 million, reaching 2,461,190, as the total deaths crossed the 48,000-mark, reaching 48,040, according to the data released by the federal health ministry on Friday.

During the past 24 hours, as many as 64,553 new cases were added to the tally, and 1,007 deaths were registered. Currently there are 661,595 active cases in India. A total of 1,751,555 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals. (India-COVID-19 cases)

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