Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1010 GMT, March 26

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and his wife Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah will undergo a 14-day quarantine after several palace employees were infected with COVID-19, the national palace said Thursday.

Abdullah and Azizah had themselves tested negative for the virus, Comptroller of the Royal Household Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in a statement. (Malaysia-King)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- A total of 23 people have died of the COVID-19 in Malaysia as of Thursday with 235 newly confirmed cases in its largest one-day increase so far, bringing the total number to 2,031, said the Health Ministry.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah told a press briefing that among the new cases, at least 60 were traced to a large-scale religious event held near the capital of Kuala Lumpur from late February to early March. The number of cases in the country has spiked following the event. (Malaysia-COVID-19)

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SYDNEY -- Seven passengers on the Artania cruise ship, held offshore at anchor near Western Australia (WA), have tested positive for the COVID-19.

WA Health Department officials boarded the ship on Wednesday after 25 people reported respiratory symptoms.

There are more than 800 passengers and 500 crew on board and none of them are Australians. (Australia-Cruise Ship)

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BANGKOK -- Medical supplies donated by the Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation were formally received by Thailand's Ministry of Public Health at a handover ceremony on Thursday.

The foundations shipped the first batch of supplies including face masks, protective suits and face shields via a specially chartered flight. The 17-ton supplies arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday. (Thailand-China-Donations)

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NEW DELHI -- A spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy to India has refuted the arguments on stigmatizing China for the COVID-19.

The spokesperson said such arguments ignore the facts and confuse right and wrong, thus they are "irresponsible and do nothing to help international cooperation on epidemic prevention and control." (India-Chinese Embassy) Enditem

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