Sun, 20 Sep 2020

JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,693 within one day to 128,776, with the death toll adding by 59 to 5,824 the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

According to the ministry, 1,474 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 83,710.

The virus has spread to all the country's 34 provinces. (Indonesia-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported 33 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total confirmed cases to 4,181.

The newly reported cases, including one imported case and 32 local infections. Among the local cases, 17 are related to previously confirmed cases, mostly clusters concerning gatherings of families, Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the CHP's Communicable Disease Branch, told a media briefing. (Hong Kong-COVID-19)

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DHAKA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh Tuesday reached 263,503 as nearly 3,000 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours.

Senior Health Ministry official Nasima Sultana said in a briefing Tuesday afternoon that "2,996 new COVID-19 positive cases and 33 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh." (Bangladesh-COVID-19)

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COLOMBO -- The Sri Lankan government's decision to promote agricultural production helped the country's economy endure a three-month curfew imposed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the central bank governor said.

"The government opted for self-reliance during the curfew and we successfully maintained food security despite restrictions on imports throughout the curfew," Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, W.D. Lakshman told Xinhua. (Sri Lanka-Agriculture)

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SYDNEY -- Despite a steady expansion by Australian businesses into Asia, most corporations are still under-equipped to fully engage with the benefits of the region, according to a comprehensive report released Tuesday.

Compiled by the melbourne-based Asialink Business, the findings revealed that less than one in 10 board members and senior executives from Australia's top 200 public companies were considered "Asia capable." (Australia-Business)

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SEOUL -- The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) raised its growth outlook for the South Korean economy this year due to a prompt reaction to limit the COVID-19 spread and prompt measures to support economy, South Korea's finance ministry said Tuesday citing the OECD report.

The South Korean economy is forecast to fall 0.8 percent in 2020 under a scenario of no more COVID-19 pandemic in the country, the Paris-based organization said in its "OECD Economic Surveys: Korea 2020' report." (South Korea-Growth)

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