Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, July 29

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh reported over 3,000 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the total to reach more than 232,000, with 3,035 deaths so far.

"Some 3,009 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 232,194," Senior Health Ministry official Nasima Sultana said in a briefing Wednesday afternoon. (Bangladesh-COVID-19)

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MANILA -- The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines surged to 85,486 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,874 new infections on Wednesday.

The DOH said that the number of recoveries further rose to 26,996 after 388 more patients survived the disease. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported 118 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong above 3,000.

The newly reported cases, including five imported cases and 113 local infections, brought Hong Kong's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 3,002. (Hong Kong-COVID-19)

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 2,381 within one day to 104,432, with the death toll adding by 74 to 4,975, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

The ministry also said 1,599 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 62,138. (Indonesia-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong has the capability of fending off financial volatility with its stable financial system and cautious regulation, Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, former chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, said Wednesday.

Speaking at an online forum of Our Hong Kong Foundation, Yam said Hong Kong can weather out external challenges, including what he called "a possible third wave of financial crisis". Yam currently is a member of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. (Hong Kong-Finance) Enditem

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