Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, Dec. 28

SUVA — More than 1,500 homes were totally destroyed while 6,000 others were partially damaged in Vanua Levu, the second largest island in Fiji, due to tropical cyclone Yasa which hit the island nation recently.

According to the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC), this has been confirmed on Monday by Commissioner Northern Divison Uraia Rainima, who said that they completed their initial damage assessments on Sunday. (Fiji-Cyclone Yasa)

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SEOUL — South Korea’s health authorities said on Monday that it detected the country’s first cases of more transmissible COVID-19 variant infections from entrants from Britain.

The new COVID-19 strain was found from three of a four-member South Korean family, who had stayed in London and arrived here on Dec. 22, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA). (South Korea-COVID-19-New strain)

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MANILA — The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines has risen to 470,650 after 766 new cases were reported on Monday, a new low for the second day in a row.

The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines on Sunday reported 883 new confirmed cases, the lowest in more than five months. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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NEW DELHI — India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 10,207,871 on Monday, as 20,021 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, the latest data from the federal health ministry showed.

Sunday was the first time in six months when the number of new cases had fallen below the 20,000-mark. According to the data, the death toll mounted to 147,901 as 279 COVID-19 patients died since Sunday morning. (India-COVID-19-Tally) Enditem


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