Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, June 26

PHNOM PENH — A new batch of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, on Saturday, giving another boost to the country’s vaccination drive.

Speaking to reporters while receiving the vaccine at the capital’s airport, Economy and Finance Ministry’s permanent secretary of state Vongsey Vissoth said the vaccines were purchased from Chinese biopharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech. (Cambodia-China-Vaccine)

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HONG KONG — Lunar soil brought back by China’s moon mission was placed on display Saturday in Hong Kong.

The sample, exhibited in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, was picked up from the moon in December 2020 by the Chang’e-5 lunar probe, the first lunar collection back to Earth in more than 40 years. The probe returned with 1,731 grams of lunar soil. (Hong Kong-Lunar soil-Exhibition)

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DHAKA — The Bangladeshi government has announced the imposition of a nationwide strict lockdown for a week from Monday to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country, asking people to avoid non-essential trips.

The decision was announced on Friday night amid a resurgence in COVID-19 cases recently in the country. (Bangladesh-COVID-19-Lockdown)

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SYDNEY — Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales (NSW) on Saturday extended lockdown to more areas as local transmission in the biggest city of Sydney still increased.

From 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, a two-week lockdown will be imposed on Greater Sydney and some surrounding areas including Wollongong, Blue Mountains and the Central Coast, extending from the four local government areas announced on Friday. (Australia-Sydney-Lockdown)

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JAKARTA — Indonesia on Saturday recorded 21,095 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, marking the highest daily spike and bringing the total tally to 2,093,962, the Health Ministry said.

The COVID-19-related death toll added by 358 to 56,729, the ministry reported. (Indonesia-COVID-19) Enditem


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