Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Nov. 26


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  • Friday, 27 Nov 2020

BANGKOK -- Thailand's Ministry of Finance on Thursday told a symposium in Bangkok that the ministry sees a 4 percent economic growth next year.

"The trajectory in Thai gross domestic product (GDP) growth is obvious, as the ministry is expanding the Thai government's co-payment economic stimulus plan," said Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith at a symposium called Beyond the Pandemic: A Decade of Challenges from 2021. (Thailand-GDP-Forecast)

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NEW DELHI -- Local government of India's capital Delhi on Thursday told the Delhi High Court that it was mulling imposition of night curfew, as the city has witnessed a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases recently.

Between 5,000 and 6,000 daily cases were registered in Delhi in the past nearly 10 days, while the daily new deaths hovered around 100. (India-Delhi-COVID-19)

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TOKYO -- The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan increased by 2,502 to reach 140,288 as of Thursday night, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities.

The figure excludes the 712 cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama near Tokyo earlier in the year.

The death toll in Japan from the pneumonia-causing virus currently stands at 2,078, with 29 new fatalities announced Thursday. The death toll includes 13 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. (Japan-COVID-19)

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh reported 2,292 new COVID-19 cases and 37 new deaths on Thursday, making the tally at 456,438 and the death toll at 6,524, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The official data showed that 17,052 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh. (Bangladesh-COVID-19)

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TIRIN KOT, Afghanistan -- A police officer was killed as blast hit Tirin Kot city, the capital of southern Uruzgan province, on Thursday, provincial government spokesman Ahmad Shah Sahel said.

According to the official, the blast took place next to a police officer Hajji Lala's house in Tirin Kot city Thursday afternoon, killing him on the spot. (Afghanistan-Blast)

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