Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, June 27

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NEW DELHI -- Local government in India's capital Delhi Saturday issued an advisory on measures to contain and control the menace of desert locusts in its territory.

The advisory was issued as swarms entered neighboring Gurugram in the morning and some of them in Delhi's border districts in south and west. (India-Delhi-Locust)

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HONG KONG -- The spokesperson of the Commissioner's Office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Saturday firmly opposed the U.S. announcement of visa restrictions on Chinese officials, urging the U.S. side to stop interfering with Hong Kong affairs.

The spokesperson said that the Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots, are rock-firm in safeguarding national security, urging the United States to immediately correct mistakes. (Hong Kong-U.S.-Visa restriction)

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TOKYO -- The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday said that 57 new cases of COVID-19 infections had been confirmed in the capital, the highest single-day count since the state of emergency was lifted on May 25.

The number of people in the capital who have tested positive for the pneumonia-causing virus now stands at 6,054, the Tokyo metropolitan government said, with the latest increase marked the second straight day that the daily number in the capital has topped 50. (Japan-Tokyo-COVID-19)

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HANOI -- The 36th ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit, which was held via video conferencing on Friday under the chair of Vietnam, emphasized the importance of unity, cooperation and integration to address the challenges brought about by rapid changes in the regional and global landscape.

Speaking at a press briefing on Friday evening, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that the summit was a success with the presence of representatives from all member states, and adopted the Chairman's Statement and several documents which reflected the bloc's high consensus in important discussed issues. (Vietnam-ASEAN-Summit)

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,385 within one day to 52,812, with the death toll adding by 37 to 2,720, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference here on Saturday.

He also said that 576 more people had been discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 21,909. (Indonesia-COVID-19-Cases)

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NEW DELHI -- Total COVID-19 cases in India surpassed half-a-million mark on Saturday, reaching 508,953, as the death toll reached 15,685, confirmed the latest data released by the federal health ministry.

Nearly 100,000 fresh cases have been detected in the country in past six days, showed the data.

The ministry said 384 new deaths due to COVID-19, besides fresh 18,552 positive cases, were reported during the past 24 hours across the country. (India-COVID-19-Cases) Enditem

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