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He said further restrictions could be eased from Sept. 28 and the government will consider lifting the curfew entirely from Oct. 26.

“We can’t run out of lockdown. We have to take steady and safe steps out of lockdown to find that COVID normal,” Andrews said.

In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region:

— India saw another record surge of 90,632 cases in the past 24 hours, as infections spread to smaller cities and parts of rural India. According to the Health Ministry, India’s caseload reached 4,113,811, slightly short of Brazil’s confirmed 4,123,000 infections. The ministry on Sunday also reported 1,065 deaths for a total of 70,626. More than 1 million cases have been detected in India in less than two weeks. Authorities say India’s daily testing exceeds 1 million now. Dr. Randeep Guleria, a government health expert, said India is seeing a resurgence with over 70% of its nearly 1.4 billion people still susceptible to infections. “We could say that we are seeing some sort of a second wave in certain parts of the country.” India’s recovery rate was 77.23%, leading to a decline in fatality rate to around 1.73% , the ministry said. Six of India’s 28 states — Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi — remain the worst-hit, accounting for 75% of fatalities and nearly 65% of total cases.

— South Korea has confirmed 167 additional cases of the coronavirus, a gradual downward trend in new infections. The figures announced Sunday by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised the country’s tally to 21,177 with 334 deaths. It’s the fourth straight day the daily jump has come below 200. The agency says 117 of the newly reported cases were found in the greater Seoul area. South Korea’s caseload had risen sharply since early August, with many cases associated with churches, restaurants, schools and an anti-government rally in Seoul. Authorities in the Seoul area have subsequently imposed tougher social distancing guidelines, restricted dining at restaurants and ordering the shutdowns of churches, indoor gyms, night establishments and after-school academies.

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