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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, July 28

DHAKA -- The number of new COVID-19 infections in Bangladesh rose by 16,230 on Wednesday, the highest daily increase since March 8 last year, bringing the tally to 1,210,982, said the country's Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The official data showed 237 more new deaths were recorded, raising the death toll to 20,016. A total of 53,877 samples were tested in the last 24 hours as of 8:00 a.m. local time Wednesday across the country. (Bangladesh-COVID-19 tally)

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JAKARTA -- The Indonesian Health Ministry reported on Wednesday that the coronavirus cases across the country rose by 47,791 within the past 24 hours to 3,287,727 with the death toll adding by 1,824 to 88,659.

Additional 43,856 recovered patients were discharged from hospitals, raising the total number of recoveries from the pandemic in the Southeast Asian country to 2,640,676, according to the ministry. (Indonesia-Pandemic)

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SYDNEY -- As daily case numbers in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) continued to hover in triple digits, the state government announced on Wednesday a four-week extension to the lockdown on Greater Sydney and surrounding areas.

NSW recorded 177 new locally acquired cases in the 24 hours to 8:00 p.m. local time Tuesday, with only 47 of these confirmed to be isolated during their infectious period. The state also recorded its 11th death, a woman in her 90s who had not been vaccinated. (Australia-Lockdown)

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani officials said on Wednesday that heavy rains have wreaked havoc in the country's federal capital Islamabad, killing at least two people while injuring several others.

A woman and a child were killed and several others injured when flood water due to overnight heavy rains entered the basement of their house in the Sector E-11 area of Islamabad, Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat told Xinhua, adding that at least seven others were injured in roof collapse incidents in the suburbs of the capital. (Pakistan-Floods)

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