Sat, 21 May 2022

TOKYO -- Japan logged 49,854 daily COVID-19 cases on Friday, setting a new record for the fourth consecutive day as the country plans to expand the quasi-state of emergency amid surging infections nationwide due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

The capital city of Tokyo reported 9,699 cases on Friday, once again eclipsing the previous record high of 8,638 confirmed the previous day. The Osaka prefecture, meanwhile, also logged a fresh high of 6,254.

Many parts of the country have been struggling with what was considered the country's "sixth wave" of infections. The cumulative total of COVID-19 infections in Japan exceeded 2 million on Thursday. (Japan-COVID-19)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka's health authorities on Friday said with a rise in the number of Omicron infected patients, the new variant was soon becoming dominant that would overtake the Delta variant in the country.

To date, over 160 people have been infected with the Omicron variant, but the number was much higher than recorded, officials from the Health Ministry said.

Health authorities have urged people to curtail their movement to avert a massive COVID-19 outbreak in the country and to strictly follow all health guidelines. (Sri Lanka-COVID-19)

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PHNOM PENH -- The Cambodian government has extended a cash handout program for approximately 700,000 families hit by COVID-19 for another three months until March, according to a decision released on Friday.

"The subsidy will be disbursed in the fourth week of each month," said Economy and Finance Minister Aun Pornmoniroth.

Cambodia first began the cash handout program in June 2020. Through the program, poor families in capital Phnom Penh and provincial towns receive a cash handout of 30 U.S. dollars a month, while poor families in the countryside get 20 dollars in assistance. (Cambodia-Assistance)

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HANOI -- Vietnam recorded 15,935 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, including 15,901 locally transmitted and 34 imported, according to the Ministry of Health.

The Vietnamese capital Hanoi remained the locality with the highest number of infections, with 2,805 cases on Friday, followed by the central Da Nang city with 964 cases and the northern Hai Phong city with 796 cases.

The newly reported infections brought the total tally to 2,110,737 with 36,443 deaths. Nationwide, a total of 1,797,180 COVID-19 patients have so far recovered. (Vietnam-COVID-19)

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