Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, April 2

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID tally rose to 12,303,131 on Friday, as 81,466 new cases were reported from across the country, according to the latest figures released by federal health ministry.

Besides, 469 deaths were reported since Thursday morning took the death toll to 163,396.(India-COVID-19)

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CANBERRA -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison preaches hope, love and forgiveness in his Easter message.

In the PM's annual Easter message, Morrison said on Friday that people would come together to celebrate the holiday "in a way they haven't been able to do over the past year."(Australia-PM)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's headline inflation hit a 14-month high last month due to higher prices for farm goods and oil products, statistical office data showed Friday.

The consumer price index (CPI) stood at 107.16 in March, up 1.5 percent from the same month of last year, according to Statistics Korea. It was the highest increase in 14 months since January last year.(South Korea-Inflation)

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HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Thursday expressed strong opposition to the so-called Hong Kong Policy Act Report issued by the U.S. Department of State.

The so-called Hong Kong Policy Act and sanctions imposed by the U.S. government are clearly interference in China's internal affairs in the pretext of human rights, democracy and autonomy, a spokesman of the HKSAR government said.(Hong Kong-U.S.-Opposition) Enditem

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