Sun, 25 Oct 2020

NEW DELHI -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India Thursday morning rose to 5,118,253, India's federal health ministry said.

During the past 24 hours, a record 97,894 new cases were reported from across the country, and 1,132 new deaths were recorded, bringing the death toll to 83,198, according to the ministry. (India-COVID-19-Cases)

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 153 more cases of COVID-19 on Thursday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 22,657.

Five more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 372. The total fatality rate stood at 1.64 percent. (S. Korea-COVID-19-Cases)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand's GDP fell by 12.2 percent in the June 2020 quarter, the largest quarterly fall on record, as the COVID-19 restrictions in place impacted economic activity, New Zealand's statistics department Stats NZ said on Thursday.

New Zealand started the June quarter in Alert Level 4 lockdown, with strict restrictions on the activities of both households and businesses. On June 8, the country removed physical distancing requirements by moving to Alert Level 1. (New Zealand-Economy)

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd, a petrochemical joint venture between Brunei and China, said on Wednesday that the company is planning to invest about 13.654 billion U.S. dollars in the construction of the second phase of its oil refinery and petrochemical project at Pulau Muara Besar (PMB), a 955-hectare industrial park on an island at the Brunei Bay.

Chen Liancai, Hengyi's chief executive officer, told Xinhua that the construction of the proposed second phase of PMB oil refinery and petrochemical project is expected to last for three years, and that it will add 14 million tons of crude oil processing capacity per year upon completion. (Brunei-China-Oil refinery)

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