Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Nov. 6

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally reached 8,411,724 on Friday even as 47,638 new cases were registered across the country in the past 24 hours, said latest data released by the federal health ministry.

With 670 deaths since Thursday morning, the total death toll in the country due to the pandemic reached 124,985, added the ministry's data.(India-COVID-19)

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MANILA -- Severe tropical storm Atsani crossed Batanes, an island province in the northernmost tip of the Philippines, on Friday morning, the country's state weather bureau said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Atsani crossed Misanga Island in Itbayat town in Batanes province at 7:50 a.m., with sustained winds of 95 km per hour and gusts of up to 115 km per hour.(Philippines-Storm)

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CANBERRA -- Australian researchers have developed a quick and effective method of authenticating wine, potentially putting an end to wine fraud.

In a study published on Thursday, a team from the University of Adelaide revealed that it identified wines from three regions in Australia and France with 100 percent accuracy using technology that analyzes the fluorescence of molecules.(Australia-Wine authentication)

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 145 more cases of the COVID-19 as of 0:00 a.m. Friday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 27,195.

The daily caseload hovered above 100 for the third consecutive day due to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.(South Korea-COVID-19)

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CANBERRA -- The head of Australia's Treasury has warned that the economic recovery from COVID-19 could "falter" without strong fiscal stimulus from the government.

Steven Kennedy, the treasury secretary, used a recent speech to urge the government to lower the threshold for fiscal stimulus.(Australia-Recovery)


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