Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Nov. 19

Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Nov. 19

NEW DELHI — India’s COVID-19 tally reached 8,958,483 on Thursday as 45,576 new cases were registered across the country in the past 24 hours, according to the latest data released by the federal health ministry.

With 585 deaths since Wednesday morning, the total death toll in the country due to the pandemic mounted to 131,578. (India-COVID-19-Cases)

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KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Thursday urged members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to recommit themselves to the group’s core goal of free and open trade and investment.

In his opening speech at the APEC CEO Dialogues Malaysia 2020, Muhyiddin said the goal is integral to rebuilding economies in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Malaysia-APEC-PM)

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SUVA — Samoa reported on Thursday its first COVID-19 case, a sailor who arrived in the island nation on a repatriation flight from Auckland, New Zealand last Friday, with mixed testing results.

Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi announced in a press conference early Thursday that the man in a quarantine facility tested positive for the virus on Wednesday night, but a second test on Thursday morning had returned a negative result. (Samoa-COVID-19-First case)

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SEOUL — South Korea reported 343 more cases of the COVID-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 29,654.

The daily caseload stayed above 300 for two straight days, growing in triple digits for 12 days running due to the continued small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases. (S.Korea-COVID-19-Cases)

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SYDNEY — Children could mount a COVID-19 immune response to fight off infection after being exposed to the virus through infected parents, a new Australian case study has found.

The research, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), revealed that despite close contact with symptomatic infected parents, all three primary school-aged kids in a Melbourne family developed mild or no symptoms and repeatedly tested negative for COVID-19 using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. (Australia-COVID-19-Children)

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