Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Feb. 27


SEOUL — The Chinese Embassy in South Korea on Thursday donated around 25,000 medical masks to the city of Daegu in southern South Korea in an effort to support the city which was hit by COVID-19 outbreak.

Late in the evening, a truck carrying masks departed from the Chinese Embassy in Seoul for the city of Daegu, about 300 km southeast of the capital. (South Korea-China-COVID-19-Mask donation)

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KUALA LUMPUR — A Malaysian woman on Thursday was tested positive for COVID-19, days after returning from Japan, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

The 53-year old woman who returned to Malaysia on Feb. 23 started showing symptoms shortly after and was being treated at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, the ministry said in a statement. (Malaysia-COVID-19-Japan)

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NEW DELHI — The death toll during communal violence in the Indian capital city Delhi Thursday evening rose to 37, officials said.

Over 200 people were also injured in the violence that ravaged the city for three days. (India-Violence-Death)

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HONG KONG — The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government plans to sell 15 residential sites capable of providing about 7,530 flats in 2020-21 fiscal year starting April.

Of all, five sites are rolled over from the previous fiscal year, according to the land sales program unveiled on Thursday by the Secretary for Development of the HKSAR government Michael Wong. The program also includes six commercial sites which can provide about 833,700 square meters of gross floor area. (HK-Land sale)

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KARACHI, Pakistan — China will provide a comprehensive emergency assistance package to Pakistan to counter the desert locust swarm attacks, Chinese experts on locust control told a press conference here on Thursday.

The desert locust swarm attacks have affected crops at millions of acres of land, posing a serious threat to the food security of the South Asian country. (Pakistan-China-Locust-Assistance) Enditem



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