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TOKYO -- Japan on Wednesday confirmed a daily record 3,271 COVID-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 206,988, not including those related to a cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo earlier in the year.

The nation's death toll also marked a single-day high at 56, with the total number of deaths since the outbreak of the virus now reaching 3,082 people. (Japan-COVID-19 cases-Daily record)

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 7,514 within one day to 685,639, with the death toll adding by 151 to 20,408, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

According to the ministry, 5,981 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 558,703. The virus has spread to all the country's 34 provinces. (Indonesia-COVID-19 cases)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 10,099,066 on Wednesday as 23,950 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the health ministry.

According to the data, the death toll mounted to 146,444 as 333 COVID-19 patients died since Tuesday morning. (India-COVID-19 cases)

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JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo inaugurated six new ministers and five new deputy ministers in his cabinet lineup at the State Palace here Wednesday.

The six ministers are Yaqut Cholil Qoumas as minister of religious affairs, Budi Gunadi Sadikin as minister of health, Tri Rismaharini as minister of social affairs, Muhammad Lutfi as minister of trade, Sakti Wahyu Trenggono as minister of maritime affairs and fisheries, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno as minister of tourism and creative economy. (Indonesia-Cabinet) Enditem

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