Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, July 7

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NEW DELHI -- The total number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 700,000-mark in India on Tuesday, reaching 719,665, as the death toll rose to 20,160, said the latest data released by the federal health ministry.

The ministry said 467 new deaths due to COVID-19, besides 22,252 positive cases, were reported during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 20,160 and total cases to 719,665. (India-COVID-19)

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 44 more cases of the COVID-19 as of midnight Tuesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 13,181.

One more death was confirmed, leaving the death toll at 285. The total fatality rate stood at 2.16 percent. (South Korea-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG -- The Implementation Rules for Article 43 of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) take effect on Tuesday, the HKSAR government said when the implementation rules were gazetted on Monday evening.

Article 43 of the national security law stipulates various measures that the department for safeguarding national security of the Police Force of the HKSAR may take when handling cases concerning offence endangering national security, and authorizes the HKSAR chief executive, in conjunction with the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the HKSAR (National Security Committee) to make relevant implementation rules for the purpose of applying the measures stipulated under Article 43. (Hong Kong-National Security Law)

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AUCKLAND -- New Zealand needs further and joint efforts to address the increasingly mental health distress among the Asian population caused by COVID-19, a counselor from a New Zealand mental health provider told Xinhua on Tuesday.

The Asian Family Service, New Zealand's only service provider for people of Asian background who are affected by mental health issues and gambling harm, has witnessed a surge in the demand for its mental health support service since the COVID-19 outbreak. (New Zealand-Mental Health) Enditem

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