Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, March 23

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 outbreak has claimed 49 lives in Indonesia, while 65 new cases were confirmed on Monday, bringing the total to 579 in the country, the Indonesian government said on Monday.

At a press conference, the government's spokesperson for all COVID-19 related matters Achmad Yurianto said that 30 people have recovered from the disease.(Indonesia-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG -- China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will ban the entry of all non-Hong Kong residents arriving from overseas by flights starting from Wednesday to prevent imported COVID-19 cases, HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Monday.

For the 14 days since 12:00 a.m. local time on Wednesday, Hong Kong will deny the entry of all non-Hong Kong residents arriving from overseas by flights, as well as those who have been to overseas in the past 14 days and arriving in Hong Kong through Chinese mainland, Macao SAR and Taiwan, Lam said at a press conference on Monday afternoon.(Hong Kong-Travel ban-COVID-19)

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CANBERRA -- The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia has soared over the past day, increasing from 1,098 Sunday morning to 1,479 Monday morning and then to 1,709 Monday afternoon.

In a rare practice, the Australian Health Department updated the number twice Monday.(Australia-COVID-19)

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NEW DELHI -- As Indian authorities began to enforce curbs and restrictions across many states to contain the spread of COVID-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said many people were not taking the lockdown seriously.

Modi urged state governments to ensure that directives were followed.(India-Lockdown-COVID-19) Enditem

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