Sun, 20 Sep 2020

JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,882 within one day to 118,753, with the death toll adding by 69 to 5,521, the country's health ministry said on Thursday.

According to the ministry, 1,756 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 75,645. (Indonesia-COVID-19)

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CANBERRA -- Australia and Singapore have signed a Digital Economy Agreement (DEA) that will broaden economic engagement between the two countries.

The agreement was signed in a virtual signing ceremony on Thursday after negotiations were finalized in March.

Simon Birmingham, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, said that the deal would be a major boost to Australia's economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis and it would help to "expand the scope of our economic engagement with our largest two-way trading partner in Southeast Asia." (Australia-Singapore-Trade Deal)

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MANILA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 119,460 after the country's Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,561 new daily cases on Thursday.

The DOH said the number of recoveries further rose to 66,837 after 569 more patients have survived the disease, and the death toll increased to 2,150 after adding 28 more deaths. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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KABUL -- Afghan Ministry of Public Health confirmed 108 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 36,937.

A total of 753 tests were conducted within the past 24 hours, and 108 were found positive in 11 provinces out of 34 Afghan provinces, the ministry said in a statement.

Four patients died during the period, taking the death toll to 1,298, the statement said. (Afghanistan-COVID-19)

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 43 more cases of the COVID-19 as of 0:00 a.m. Thursday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 14,499.

The daily caseload stayed above 40 in eight days due to small cluster infections and imported cases.

Of the new cases, 20 were imported, lifting the combined figure to 2,520. The imported cases grew in double figures for 42 straight days since June 26. (South Korea-COVID-19)

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