Sat, 27 Feb 2021

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines reported on Tuesday 1,357 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 504,084.

The death toll climbed to 9,978 after 69 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. It added 324 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 466,249.(Philippines-COVID-19)

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NEW DELHI -- Death toll of migrant labourers overran by a truck Tuesday in India's western state of Gujarat has risen to 15, police said.

Few others injured in the accident are undergoing treatment at hospital.(India-Truck accident)

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HONG KONG -- Paul Chan, financial secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, said Tuesday that he is hopeful that Hong Kong's economic recovery will find root in the second half of this year.

The recovery will be based on progress in COVID-19 vaccinations, Chan said when addressing a forum held online, adding that the economic ride will remain rough in the first half.(Hong Kong-Economy)

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CANBERRA -- Australia's tourism industry has called for more government support as it faces another bleak year.

Margy Osmond, the chief executive of the Tourism and Transport Forum, said on Tuesday that the industry has "no hope" of recovery while Australia's borders remain closed.(Australia-Tourism)

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MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is willing to receive the Chinese-made Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine shots, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Tuesday.

Roque said in an online press conference that Duterte, 75, wants the jabs administered to him away from the public eye.(Philippines-President-Vaccine)

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