Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, March 11

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reported on late Wednesday three more newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and updated the total number of the confirmed cases in Hong Kong to 129.

The CHP announced at its daily press briefing in the afternoon that six people were diagnosed with the COVID-19 and three others were preliminarily tested positive for the virus on Wednesday. (Hong Kong-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology announced on Wednesday that their researchers had developed a multilevel antimicrobial polymer (MAP-1) coating that can effectively kill viruses, bacteria and even hard-to-kill spores, and may also be effective against the COVID-19.

Developed by a team led by Yeung King Lun, a professor of the university's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Division of Environment and Sustainability, the new MAP-1 coating, using a special blend of anti-microbial polymers, is highly versatile with an effective period of up to 90 days. (Hong Kong-Research)

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MANILA -- The Philippines had reported a second COVID-19 death, the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) said in a statement late Wednesday.

"The Department of Health confirms circulating reports regarding the death of a confirmed COVID-19 patient in Manila," the DOH said. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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ISLAMABAD -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan has risen to 20 with the emergence of two new cases in the country over the last 24 hours, official reports said on Wednesday.

The latest case appeared in north Gilgit-Baltistan area where a 14-year-old boy was tested positive of the virus, the information department of the area said on Twitter, adding that the infected person was already in the isolation ward. (Pakistan-COVID-19) Enditem

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