Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, June 21

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TOKYO -- The Japanese yen on Tuesday night fell to a new lowest level of 136 against the U.S. dollar, posting its lowest level in 24 years.

According to dealers, market participants sold the yen for the dollar, expecting wider interest rate gaps between Japan and the United States. (Japan-Yen Depreciation)

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NEW DELHI -- India has been witnessing a surge in the number of new COVID-19 cases over the past couple of weeks, as daily new cases have risen from nearly 2,000 a month ago to over 13,000.

The number of deaths per day due to the pandemic also surged to 20. (India-COVID-19)

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ISLAMABAD -- Devaluation of the Pakistani rupee against the U.S. dollar continued as the greenback touched a historic high of 211.48 rupees in interbank trading on Tuesday.

The U.S. dollar closed at 209.96 rupees on Monday, and on Tuesday it was traded at 211.48 rupees, after the local currency nose-dived by 1.52 rupees, money market analysts reported. (Pakistan-Rupee-USD)

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore reported 7,109 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total tally to 1,378,090.

Of the new cases, 502 were detected through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and 6,607 through antigen rapid test (ART) tests, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Health. (Singapore-Coronavirus-Update) Enditem

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