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The number of coronavirus cases in India topped three million on Sunday, government data showed. This is as the South Asian country logged the world’s biggest daily rise in cases for almost three weeks. India, a country of 1.3 billion, has so far reported 3,044,940 infections, with 69,239 cases being reported in the last 24 hours, the Federal Health Ministry said. India is ranked third behind Brazil and the United States in the highest number...

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China’s top law-making body on Friday tabled a draft of a national security law critics fear will undermine the freedoms and autonomy promised to Hong Kong under the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ framework. The draft, currently in its first reading at the National People’s Congress Standing Committee’s 19th session in Beijing, will target acts of subversion, secession, terrorism, and “collusion with foreign powers,” state media reported. The law is expected to pass in time for...

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The Chinese Government on Tuesday suspended long-distance bus services linking Beijing with the rest of the country as part of efforts to contain a coronavirus outbreak. The suspension was as a result of the discovery of new cases traced back to the city’s largest agricultural market. Health Ministry in China reported 40 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, of which 27 were in Beijing. Four new cases were also identified in Hebei province,...

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Stocks in the Asia Pacific region on Monday plummeted amid fears of a resurgence of COVID-19, as more countries gradually lifted restrictions. The Japanese yen rise also contributed to a 3.4 per cent plunge in the benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average. The Nikkei lost 774.53 points, or 3.47 per cent, to close at 21,530.95, ending below the 22,000 mark for the first time since late May. Earlier, Tokyo Ministry of Health announced 48 new cases...

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Authorities in the Chinese city of Wuhan said they had tested almost 10 million people for COVID-19 over 19 days and found 300 asymptomatic infections, state media reported on Tuesday. The people found with asymptomatic infections were isolated, and 1,174 of their close contacts were put under observation, the state-run newspaper People’s Daily said. No confirmed coronavirus cases were found during the testing period, which ended on Monday, the paper said. Chinese authorities categorise as...

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China’s parliament is expected to discuss and adopt a controversial national security law for Hong Kong on Thursday, in a move that has spurred protests in the financial hub and criticism by the U.S. The law would bypass Hong Kong’s internal legislature to punish acts related to endangering national security and subverting state power in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Beijing would also be able to set up outposts of mainland agencies in Hong Kong to...

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