Thu, 29 Jul 2021

NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 30,082,778 on Thursday, with 54,069 new cases registered during the past 24 hours, according to the health ministry.

The death toll rose to 391,981 as 1,321 deaths were recorded since Wednesday morning.

Currently there are 627,057 active cases in the country, a decrease of 16,137 in 24 hours. (India-COVID-19 cases)

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 610 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 153,155.

The daily caseload was down from 645 in the prior day, staying above 600 for two days. The daily average caseload for the past week was 489.

The daily number of infections hovered in triple figures since Nov. 8 last year due to cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases. (S. Korea-COVID-19 cases)

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MANILA -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) said on Thursday that one of its newly acquired S-70i Black Hawk utility helicopters crashed north of Manila on Wednesday night, killing six crew members.

"So far, no survivors have been found. The identities of the aircrew members will be provided as soon as the members of their families are properly notified," the PAF said in a statement. (Philippines-Chopper crash)

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CANBERRA -- The Australian government will phase out the use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford coronavirus vaccine from October.

COVID-19 Task Force commander Lieutenant General John Frewen on Wednesday night released Department of Health projections detailing the vaccine doses each state and territory will be allocated every week for the rest of the year.

It revealed that Australia will receive between 1.7 million and 2.3 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine every week from the start of October - up from 650,000 per week in July and August. (Australia-AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine)

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CANBERRA -- Researchers from Australia's national science agency have developed a non-lethal test to determine the age of fish.

The team from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) revealed the new DNA test on Thursday, saying it could significantly improve the management of wild fish populations. (Australia-Fish age)

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