Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, Nov. 19

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KABUL -- The Afghan Ministry of Public Health on Thursday confirmed 253 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of patients in the country to 44,177, including 7,188 active cases.

Local health experts believe that the actual number of infections could be much higher than the official figures, as scores of patients did not visit hospitals and there was no system to register them. (Afghanistan-COVID-19-Cases)

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CANBERRA -- The state of South Australia has reported zero new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, its first day of strict lockdown.

In response to a COVID-19 outbreak linked to a quarantine hotel, South Australians have been banned from leaving their houses for any reason other than essential work or shopping under the state's six-day "circuit breaker" lockdown announced on Wednesday. (Australia-State-Lockdown)

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CANBERRA -- A report has found evidence that Australian soldiers unlawfully killed 39 people during the war in Afghanistan.

The government on Thursday released the findings of the Inspector General of the Australian Defence Force (ADF)'s four-year inquiry into rumors of possible breaches of the laws of armed conflict in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016. (Australia-War-Crimes)

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SEOUL -- Nine more U.S. soldiers in South Korea tested positive for COVID-19, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Thursday.

The USFK said in a statement that the nine USFK service members were confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 after arriving in South Korea between Nov. 3 and Nov. 13. (S. Korea-U.S. Soldiers-COVID-19) Enditem

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