Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, April 2

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MANILA -- The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported on Friday 15,310 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest ever daily tally since the pandemic hit the Southeast Asian country in January last year.

The new infections raised the country's total tally to 771,497. (Philippines-COVID-19 cases)

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HERAT, Afghanistan -- Seven civilians were injured as their vehicle ran over an explosive device in Kushki Kuhna district of Afghanistan's western Herat province on Friday, a news release of the provincial government said.

The incident took place at 08:00 a.m. local time, and the injured were all women, the news release added. (Afghanistan-Roadside Bomb)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 12,303,131 on Friday, as 81,466 new cases were reported from across the country, according to the latest figures released by federal health ministry.

Besides, 469 deaths were reported since Thursday morning took the death toll to 163,396. There are still 614,696 active cases in the country, while 11,525,039 people have been discharged so far from hospitals after medical treatment. (India-COVID-19 Tally)

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DHAKA -- A fire has swept through a market in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district, some 392 km southeast of capital Dhaka, leaving at least three people dead, an official said Friday.

Fire Service Headquarters Duty Officer Lima Khanom told Xinhua that the fire destroyed six to seven shops. "Bodies of three shopkeepers have been recovered," she said. The cause of the fire could not be known yet. (Bangladesh-Fire) Enditem

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