Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Aug. 28 | Macau Business

COLOMBO — Sri Lanka’s Defense authorities on Saturday received a batch of 300,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, donated by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China.

The vaccines which arrived at Bandaranaike International Airport on Saturday morning have been handed over to Sri Lankan Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne by Wang Dong, defence attaché of the Chinese Embassy to Sri Lanka. (Sri Lanka-China-Vaccine)

PHNOM PENH — Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Saturday that the Southeast Asian nation will provide a temporary refuge to 300 Afghan refugees before they are granted asylum by a third country.

Hun Sen said the decision was made based on humanitarian principles following a request from The Asia Foundation, according to government-friendly Fresh News. (Cambodia-Afghanistan-Refugees)

JAKARTA — The number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 10,050 within one day to 4,066,404, with the death toll adding by 591 to 131,372, the country’s Health Ministry said on Saturday.

According to the ministry, 18,594 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of patients recovering from COVID-19 to 3,707,850. (Indonesia-COVID-19)

HANOI — Vietnam reported 12,103 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, including 12,097 locally transmitted and six imported, according to the country’s Ministry of Health.

The new infections brought the country’s total tally to 422,469, with 10,405 deaths, the ministry said. (Vietnam-COVID-19)

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia reported another 22,597 new COVID-19 infections, the Health Ministry said on Saturday, bringing the national total to 1,685,510.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that 12 of the new cases are imported and 22,585 are local transmissions. (Malaysia-COVID-19)

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BANGKOK, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) — The seven-day average of daily infections in Thailand has been held below 20,000 as of Saturday, as the country sees positive signs of improvement in its COVID-19 situation.

Thailand recorded 17,984 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, taking the total caseload to 1,157,555, according to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration. (Thailand-COVID-19)

KABUL — The Taliban has called upon Kabul residents to hand over government vehicles, arms and ammunition if those assets have been left with them, according to Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

All those living in Kabul are informed “to return all government assets including vehicles, arms and ammunition or any other things,” Mujahid said in his Twitter account on Friday night. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Return)

NEW DELHI — India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 32,649,947 on Saturday as 46,759 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry’s latest data.

Besides, 509 deaths due to the pandemic since Friday morning took the total death toll to 437,370. (India-COVID-19)


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