Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, June 26

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,240 within one day to 51,427, with the death toll adding by 63 to 2,683, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference here on Friday.

According to him, 884 more people had been discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 21,333. (Indonesia-COVID-19)

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MANILA -- The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines soared to 34,073 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,006 more infections on Friday.

The DOH said in its bulletin that the number of recoveries further rose to 9,182 after 274 more patients have survived the disease. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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MANILA -- Philippine security forces killed four suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists in a shootout inside a subdivision in the country's capital Manila early Friday.

Police said a team of soldiers and policemen went to the subdivision in Paranaque City, Metro Manila, at midnight on Friday to serve an arrest warrant to one of the suspects for an alleged violation of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. (Philippines-Terrorists)

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HANOI -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Friday opened its 36th summit, which is chaired by Vietnam via video conference, focusing on COVID-19 response, post-pandemic recovery and further cooperation with partners.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the summit, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said he expected the summit to be an opportunity to "once again affirm the strong solidarity, political will, and determination of ASEAN member countries to overcome difficulties, to determinedly head forward." (Vietnam-ASEAN-Summit) Enditem

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