Tue, 11 Aug 2020

JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,268 within one day to 66,226, with the death toll adding by 68 to 3,309, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference Tuesday.

According to him, 866 more people had been discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 30,785. (Indonesia-COVID-19)

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MANILA -- The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 47,873 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,540 new cases on Tuesday.

The DOH said that the number of recoveries further rose to 12,386 after 201 more patients have survived the disease.

The death toll also increased to 1,309 after six more patients have succumbed to the viral disease, the DOH said. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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TOKYO -- The Tokyo metropolitan government on Tuesday confirmed 106 new daily COVID-19 infections in Tokyo, with the number of new cases topping 100 for the sixth straight day in the Japanese capital.

The city has been grappling with a resurgence of cases recently and since the government lifted a nationwide state of emergency declared over the virus' spread in late May. (Japan-COVID-19)

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CANBERRA -- Australia has recorded almost 200 new cases of coronavirus in a single day.

Authorities in Victoria on Tuesday announced that there had been 191 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in the state since Monday. It marks the second consecutive day that the state has recorded its largest daily increase. (Australia-COVID-19)

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NANGARHAR, Afghanistan -- At least three Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel were killed and five people wounded after a suicide car bomb blast rocked a district bazaar in the country's eastern province of Nangarhar on Tuesday, a provincial government spokesman confirmed.

"The explosion occurred roughly at 10:30 a.m. (local time) in Khewa district bazaar. Afghan National Police secured the site after the blast. The initial information found that eight people were affected by the incident," spokesman Attaullah Khogiani told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Car Bombing)

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KABUL -- The Afghan government has suspended the release of the last batch of Taliban inmates over their involvement in serious crimes, local media reported on Tuesday.

"The Afghan government on Monday once again stated its firm stance of not releasing nearly 600 Taliban prisoners who are reportedly guilty of serious crimes beyond membership in the Taliban," Tolo News TV said. (Afghanistan-Taliban)

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