Fri, 18 Sep 2020

SYDNEY -- Australian state of Victoria introduced new harsh penalties on Tuesday for breaching COVID-19 restrictions, as the state recorded a further 439 infections.

Those who breach orders to self-isolate will face fines of up to 4,957 Australian dollars (3,535 U.S. dollars), while repeat offenders could face court and penalties of up to 20,000 Australian dollars (14,276 U.S. dollars). (Australia-COVID-19-Penalty)

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TOKYO, -- The Tokyo metropolitan government confirmed 309 new daily COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, according to preliminary figures as of 3:00 p.m. local time, with the figure marking the eighth straight day cases have topped 200 in the capital.

The latest figure followed 258 new COVID-19 infections confirmed a day earlier, when the figure dropped for two straight days, coming off record highs late last week, when the capital logged 292 cases on Sunday and a record daily increase of 472 on Saturday. (Japan-COVID-19-Caseload)

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,922 within one day to 115,056, with the death toll adding by 86 to 5,388, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

According to the ministry, 1,813 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 72,050. (Indonesia-COVID-19-Caseload)

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh's COVID-19 cases topped 244,000 on Tuesday with about 1,918 new cases reported, and deaths from the virus increased to 3,234.

Senior Health Ministry official Nasima Sultana said in a briefing on Tuesday that 1,918 new COVID-19 positive cases and 50 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh. (Bangladesh-COVID-19-Case tally)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's headline inflation made the first rebound in three months, but it hovered below 1 percent due to a negative effect of the COVID-19 outbreak, a cheaper global crude oil and a policy effect, statistical office data showed Tuesday.

The consumer price index (CPI) stood at 104.86 in July, up 0.3 percent from the same month of last year, according to Statistics Korea. It was the first turnaround in three months after falling 0.3 percent in May and making no change in June. (South Korea-Inflation)

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