Wed, 08 Dec 2021

TOKYO -- The Japanese capital of Tokyo confirmed 26 daily COVID-19 cases on Friday, the lowest number since June 2020, with the ongoing downward trend in infections across Japan.

The figure, released by the Tokyo metropolitan government, marked the fewest since June 17, 2020, when 16 new infections were reported in the capital.

The number of daily new infections has been dwindling since logging a record of 5,773 cases on Aug. 13, with vaccinations progressing across the country. (Japan-COVID-19 Cases-Restrictions)

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HONG KONG -- A spokesperson for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Friday strongly condemned the biased and groundless statements from some foreign politicians on so-called issues relating to human rights, freedoms and political participation in the HKSAR.

Statements issued by individual foreign politicians from the United States, Britain, the European Union and Australia are flagrant attacks on the HKSAR and provocative interventions of the internal affairs of China, said the spokesperson. (Hong Kong-District Council-Foreign Interference)

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SUVA -- Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said on Friday that the country will reopen clubs, bars, taverns and gaming venues from Nov. 11 as over 80 percent of the adult population have been fully vaccinated, according to a government statement.

The venues will reopen for business in accordance with the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport's protocols, said the statement. (Fiji-COVID-19-Reopening)

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KABUL -- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday it has been providing essential health services to people on the move and hard-to-reach Afghans while supporting the country to prevent the health-care system from a breakdown.

The agency said in a release on its website that "IOM has stood on the front lines of the UN's COVID-19 response in the country, with presence currently across four border provinces: Herat, Nimroz, Kandahar and Nangarhar." (Afghanistan-UN-Health Assistance)

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JAKARTA -- An ASEAN-China survey released here on Friday highlighted changing perceptions and new opportunities between China and the 10-member regional bloc in Southeast Asia.

Dino Patti Djalal, founder of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) which produced the report, said the theme of the survey - "changing perceptions, remaining anxieties, and new opportunities" - reflected accurately the development and the status quo of the 30 years' ties between China and ASEAN. (ASEAN-China-Survey)

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