Xinhua Asia Pacific news summary at 1630 GMT, Dec. 27

NEW DELHI — The number of daily new cases of COVID-19 hit a six-month low in India on Sunday, the federal health ministry said.

The daily COVID-19 caseload dropped to 18,732 on Sunday, which the ministry described as “a landmark”.

“Daily new cases drop to 18,732,” which was below 19,000 cases after six months, the health ministry said. (India-COVID-19)

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ISLAMABAD — Four people were killed and 25 others injured in a collision between a pickup and a passenger van in the Pakistani capital on Sunday, traffic police and hospital sources said.

The accident happened when the van carrying airport workers violated a traffic signal and rammed into the pickup van coming from another direction, the traffic police said. (Pakistan-Road Accident)

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ISLAMABAD — Two people were killed and eight others injured when a bomb went off near a football ground in Panjgur district of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Saturday, a spokesman of the provincial government said.

The explosion happened when boys of two teams and spectators were leaving the ground after a game, Liaquat Shahwani, the spokesman, told Xinhua.

Talking to Xinhua on condition of anonymity, police sources from the province said that the explosion was triggered by an improvised explosive device planted on a motorbike by some unknown militants who fled the scene. (Pakistan-Balochistan-Blast)

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ISLAMABAD — A helicopter of Pakistani army crashed in the country’s north Gilgit Baltistan (GB) region, leaving four people including two pilots and two soldiers killed, an army statement said early Sunday.

The helicopter of army aviation crashed on Saturday due to technical reasons when it was evacuating body of a soldier killed earlier to a military hospital in the GB region, the military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations said in the statement. (Pakistan-Helicopter-Crash)


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