Sun, 01 Aug 2021

HANOI -- A plane carrying a batch of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines on Sunday arrived at the Noi Bai International Airport in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.

A brief handover ceremony was held at the airport, which was attended by Vietnam's Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long and Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo.

The Vietnamese government and the people sincerely thank China for the donation of the vaccines, Long said at the event. (Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccines-Vietnam-Arrival)

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BANGKOK -- Restrictions over COVID-19 will be further eased in the Thai capital of Bangkok beginning next week, local authorities said Sunday.

From Monday, convenience stores in Bangkok, which previously were allowed to open between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m., will be able to open around the clock, while swimming pools, science parks, art and cultural exhibition centers as well as libraries and stadiums will be allowed to reopen, according to a statement issued by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

However, any gatherings of more than 50 people at those venues must apply for permission in advance from the BMA. (Thailand-COVID-19 Restrictions-Ease)

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HONG KONG -- Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said on Sunday that in the country's financial development, Hong Kong will play a key role in promoting renminbi (RMB) internationalization, diversified financing, fund management, risk management and green development.

Lam delivered a video speech at a financial summit, saying that over the past two years, Hong Kong has experienced unprecedented challenges, but with the strong support of the central government, the practice of "one country, two systems" has returned to the right track, which also further opened up new developments for Hong Kong.

(Hong Kong-Country's Financial Development-Role)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's health ministry said Sunday that it will apply new four-tier social-distancing guidelines next month from the current five-tier scheme in a bid to adopt a more sustainable quarantine campaign.

Under the Level 1 guidelines, applied when the daily number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is below 500 nationwide and below 250 in the Seoul metropolitan area, no ceiling will be levied on the number of private gatherings if they follow quarantine rules, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare. (South Korea-New Four Tier Guidelines-July)

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JAKARTA -- Indonesia on Sunday recorded 13,737 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, marking the highest daily spike since Jan. 30 and bringing the total tally to 1,989,909, the Health Ministry said.

The COVID-19 related death toll added by 371 to 54,662, the ministry reported.

Additional 6,385 recovered patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries from the pandemic in the Southeast Asian country to 1,792,528. (Indonesia-COVID-19-Highest Daily Spike)

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