Sat, 24 Oct 2020

SEOUL -- South Korea reported 38 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Monday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 23,699.

The daily caseload fell below 50 in 49 days since Aug. 11, hovering below 100 for four straight days. (South Korea-COVID-19)

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NEW DELHI -- India recorded 70,589 new COVID-19 cases and 776 deaths on Tuesday, taking the total tally to 6,145,291 and the death toll to 96,318, said the latest data released by the federal health ministry.

There are 947,576 active cases in the country, and 5,101,397 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals. (India-COVID-19)

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CANBERRA -- The Australian Government has announced a digital business plan to enable businesses to take advantage of digital technologies to grow their businesses and create jobs in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced the almost 800 million Australian dollar (about 566 million U.S. dollar) scheme on Tuesday, saying it would facilitate doing more business online in a post-coronavirus world. (Australia-Digital businesses)

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MANILA -- The Philippine economy is forecast to contract by 6.9 percent in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic before rebounding to 5.3 percent in 2021 and 5.6 percent in 2022, according to a new report released by the World Bank on Tuesday.

The report titled From Containment to Recovery, the World Bank's October 2020 Economic Update for East Asia and the Pacific, says that the contraction is "a drawn out process that could slow down the country's rapid progress in poverty reduction in recent years." (Philippines-COVID-19)

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