Live COVID-19 updates: India's tally surpasses 7.3 mln, Indonesia reports 4,411 new cases

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BEIJING, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HONG KONG -- Confirmed COVID-19 cases continued to climb in Asia-Pacific on Thursday as India recorded 67,708 new cases, taking the total to 7,307,097, said the latest data released by India's health ministry.

India's death toll rose to 111,266, as 680 deaths were reported over the past 24 hours across the country, showed the ministry's data.

There are 812,390 active cases in the country, while 6,383,441 people have been successfully cured and discharged.

Indonesia recorded 4,411 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total tally to 349,160, the health ministry said.

Meanwhile, it reported 112 more deaths to raise the country's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic to 12,268.

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KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwait on Thursday reported 746 new COVID-19 cases and eight more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 114,015 and the death toll to 684 in the country, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

Currently, 7,485 patients are receiving treatment, including 133 in ICU, according to the statement.

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Health Ministry reported 4,616 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 517,835.

The pandemic has so far claimed 29,605 lives in Iran, up by 256 in the past 24 hours, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, during her daily briefing.

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh reported 1,600 new COVID-19 cases and 15 new deaths on Thursday, bringing the total cases in the country to 384,559 and the total deaths to 5,608, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The official data showed the total number of recovered patients in the country stood at 299,229 including 1,780 new recoveries on Thursday.

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BERLIN -- New COVID-19 infections in Germany increased by a new daily record of 6,638 to 341,223, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Thursday.

The figure was a leap of more than 1,500 new cases from the previous day. According to the RKI, the historic high of infection numbers in Germany was reached at the end of March, with a daily record of more than 6,200.

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TBILISI -- Georgia added 919 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, its highest number since the outbreak of the virus in the country, bringing its total to 14,440.

Among the new cases, 366 were confirmed in the capital city of Tbilisi, the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health said.

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QINGDAO -- Qingdao, a coastal city in east China's Shandong Province, has vowed to complete a citywide nucleic acid testing campaign covering all 11 million residents within five days starting Monday, after a new cluster of local COVID-19 infections emerged.

As of 8 a.m. Thursday, more than 9.94 million people had been sampled, while over 7.64 million of the collected samples had been tested. Except for the cases already reported, no new positive samples have been detected.

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CANBERRA -- Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt has issued a renewed call for COVID-19 restrictions to be eased in the state of Victoria.

As of Thursday afternoon there had been 27,362 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, with 23 new cases detected in the last 24 hours, according to the latest data from the federal health ministry.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- Brunei reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday with the national tally of cases standing at 147.

According to Brunei's Ministry of Health, no more recoveries were recorded, maintaining the total number of recovered cases at 143. There is still one active case being treated at the National Isolation Center. Enditem

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