Sun, 09 May 2021

MANILA -- The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 8,571 new COVID-19 infections Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 884,783.

The death toll climbed to 15,286 after 137 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.

The Philippines is continuing its efforts to break the transmission chains by ramping up contact tracing in the next two weeks to lower the hospital occupancies, the DOH said on Tuesday. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported 13 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, taking its total tally to 11,607.

Of the new cases, three infections were locally transmitted and 10 were imported, according to a CHP briefing. (Hong Kong-COVID-19)

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CANBERRA -- Australia's top business groups have warned that the country "risks losing the economic war" as a result of its interrupted coronavirus vaccine rollout.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Australian Industry (AI) Group and Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) warned that Australia's economic recovery from the pandemic could be derailed by the delayed rollout. (Australia-COVID-19-Economic Recovery)

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday that his government has decided to discharge contaminated radioactive wastewater in Fukushima Prefecture into the sea amid domestic and international opposition.

Suga made the announcement after convening a meeting of relevant ministers to formalize plans to release the radioactive water accumulated at the plant into the Pacific Ocean. (Japan-Nuclear Plant-Waste Water)

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