Thu, 16 Sep 2021

NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 31,411,262 on Monday as 39,361 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry's latest data.

Besides, as many as 416 deaths due to the pandemic since Sunday morning took the total death toll to 420,967.(India-COVID-Tally)

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SYDNEY -- As Australia's Sydney entered its fifth week of lockdown without obvious drop in daily cases, the states of Victoria and South Australia are preparing to exit from lockdown by the mid-week.

In the 24 hours to 8:00 p.m. local time Sunday night, the state of New South Wales (NSW) with Sydney as capital, recorded 145 new locally acquired cases, with just 58 of the cases confirmed to be in isolation throughout their infectious period.(Australia-Lockdown)

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CANBERRA -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared he is "open" to providing further support for businesses amid the ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns.

Morrison has recently repeated his support for lockdowns for more than half of the Australian population in the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, saying there was no other "alternative" to bring the Delta strain of COVID-19 under control.(Australia-PM-Businesses)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's lower house of parliament convened on Monday for a special session to hear the government's explanation on issues related to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and the current state of emergency declared in the country.

The five-day sitting is the first since the parliament was suspended following the declaration of a state of emergency on Jan. 12 to stop the COVID-19 outbreak.(Malaysia-Parliament-Special session)

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JAKARTA -- Indonesia will extend the COVID-19 restrictions for the next eight days to control the transmission of COVID-19, President Joko Widodo said on Sunday.

"By considering the aspects of health, economy and social dynamics, we decided to continue implementing the level 4 PPKM (public activity restrictions) from July 26 to Aug. 2," Widodo said in a virtual press conference.(Indonesia-Restrictions-Extension)

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