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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, Nov. 2

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MANILA — The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,298 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection on Monday, bringing the total number to 385,400.

The DOH said 87 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 348,830. The death toll climbed to 7,269 after 32 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. (Philippines-COVID-19-Caseload)

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CANBERRA — Australia’s opposition Labor Party has warned of an impending “tsunami” of job losses in male-dominated industries.

In a speech on Monday, Clare O’Neil, Labor’s shadow minister for innovation, technology and the future of work, said that while women bore the brunt of job losses as a result of the coronavirus restrictions, men were suffering from the sustained economic downturn. (Australia-Unemployment-Gender)

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KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia’s lower house of parliament reconvened for the last time for the year starting Monday amid an ongoing spike in the number of new COVID-19 cases.

The session to last till Dec. 15 will see the tabling and voting of the country’s national budget for 2021 which the government says would be vital for the country against the pandemic and for the economic recovery. (Malaysia-Parliament-COVID-19-Budget)

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KABUL — Some militants entered Kabul University on Monday morning and sporadic fighting continues, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Tareq Arian said.

Police have cordoned off the area and operations are underway to rescue those trapped inside the compound, the official added. (Afghanistan-Gunfire-University) Enditem

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