Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, March 18

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia confirmed Wednesday that two more Malaysian men were tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of the confirmed cases in the kingdom to 35.

"The lab results showed that two more Malaysian nationals were positive for the COVID-19, bringing the total tally of the confirmed cases in Cambodia to 35 by this morning (March 18)," Health Ministry secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine said in a press conference here, adding that the patients had come to Cambodia from Malaysia. (Cambodia-COVID-19)

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SYDNEY -- An 86-year-old man has become the sixth person to die in Australia after contracting COVID-19, health authorities in the state of New South Wales (NSW) reported on Wednesday.

The man died in a Sydney hospital on Tuesday night, and officials have offered their condolences to his family and friends.

So far NSW has recorded all but one of the country's deaths and has roughly half of the nation's more than 500 confirmed cases. (Australia-COVID-19)

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 93 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of midnight Wednesday local time, raising the total number of infections to 8,413.

The newly confirmed cases stayed below 100 for the fourth consecutive day, after recording the first double-digit growth in 23 days on Sunday.

Three more deaths were confirmed, lifting the death toll to 84. The total fatality rate came in at 1 percent. (South Korea-COVID-19)

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SYDNEY -- Australia's supermarkets have attempted to tackle anxious customers "panic-buying" bulk items due to COVID-19, with the country's largest chain Woolworths introducing its strictest limits yet.

As of Wednesday, purchases of most packaged items in store were limited to two per transaction, from any category, to stop the over purchasing of necessities which is leaving others with none. (Australia-Supermarkets)

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for unity with responsibility to win the war against COVID-19 in a televised address to the nation.

In the speech on Tuesday evening, the prime minister said, "We need to protect ourselves and others to prove that we are a responsible nation. Do not panic. The government will try its best to control the disease, provide medical facilities and ensure supplies." (Pakistan-COVID-19) Enditem

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