Sun, 24 Oct 2021

HANOI -- Vietnam reported 11,521 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, including 11,506 locally transmitted and 15 imported, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

The new infections brought the country's total tally to 667,650, with 16,637 deaths, the ministry said. Most of the community cases were detected in southern localities, including 5,972 in the epicenter Ho Chi Minh City, 4,013 in the nearby Binh Duong province and 345 in Dong Nai province. (Vietnam-COVID-19 Cases)

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TOKYO -- Campaigning for the leadership race of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to choose the successor to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga officially began on Friday, with four veteran lawmakers competing for the leader position.

The LDP election is set for Sept. 29, and is being contested by former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, former communications minister Sanae Takaichi, vaccination minister Taro Kono and Seiko Noda, executive acting secretary-general of the LDP. (Japan-Election Campaign)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka's Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella Friday said a nationwide quarantine curfew which had come into effect from late August was extended till Oct. 1 to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following a meeting by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Rambukwella said that the president had decided to extend the quarantine curfew till 4:00 a.m. local time on Oct. 1. (Sri Lanka-Pandemic-Curfew Extension)

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MANILA -- The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 20,336 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 2,324,475.

The DOH also reported 310 coronavirus-related deaths, raising the country's death toll to 36,328. The active cases stand at 188,108. (The Philippines-Pandemic)

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