Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, March 24

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BANGKOK -- Thailand's Ministry of Public Health on Tuesday announced three more COVID-19 fatalities and 106 new infections, tallying Thailand's death toll to four and the total infections to 827.

"However the good news is that the 106 new infections today was a drop from Monday's 122 and Sunday's 188," said Public Health Ministry spokesman Thaveesilp Wissanuyothin on Tuesday. (Thailand-COVID-19)

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KABUL -- Afghanistan's Public Health Ministry on Tuesday reported two more confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 42 since the outbreak of the disease in mid-February.

"One new COVID-19 infection was registered in northern Samangan province and one case was reported in eastern Logar province," Wahidullah Mayar spokesman of the ministry said in a statement. (Afghanistan-COVID-19)

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SEOUL -- China and South Korea are successful examples of an emergency response to COVID-19, and have established an effective model of cooperation in cross-border prevention and control, Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Xing Haiming said Monday.

"Having been making great sacrifices and great efforts in the fight, China, especially Wuhan, has achieved great results. The international community has also commended the Republic of Korea (ROK)'s efforts in making important progress in combating COVID-19," Xing said in his signed article to the South Korean daily English newspaper "The Korea Times." (S.Korea-China-COVID-19)

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TOKYO -- Japan's health ministry and local governments said Tuesday the total number of people infected with COVID-19 in Japan stood at 1,141 as of 11:00 a.m. local time here.

The death toll in Japan from the pneumonia-causing virus currently stands at a total of 52 people, according to the health ministry, with the figure including those from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama, close to Tokyo. (Japan-COVID-19)

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 76 more cases of COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of midnight Tuesday local time, raising the total number of infections to 9,037.

The newly confirmed cases stayed below 100 for the third straight day. Of the new cases, 20 were imported from abroad. (South Korea-COVID-19) Enditem

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