SUVA -- China shipped relief supplies worth 1 million yuan (157,900 U.S. dollars) on Monday from Fiji to Tonga, which has suffered heavy damage from the recent volcanic eruptions and tsunami.
A ceremony was held at a port in Suva's Walu Bay to see off two vessels of China National Fisheries (Group) Corporation carrying the emergency aid.
According to Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo, most of the relief supplies, including drinking water, food, electric generators, water pumps, chain saws, personnel protective equipments and medical supplies, have been raised by the Chinese Embassy in Fiji and the remaining was donated by the Chinese enterprises in Fiji. (Tonga-China-Relief Supplies)
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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 39,543,328 on Monday, as 306,064 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the health ministry's latest data.
This is the fifth consecutive day when over 300,000 new cases were registered in a day in the country in more than eight months.
Besides, as many as 439 deaths due to the pandemic since Sunday morning took the total death toll to 489,848. (India-COVID-19)
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VIENTIANE -- The COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Laos has achieved good results last year, but due to the ongoing pandemic and remaining challenges, more lessons are to be learned to ensure a larger segment of the population get vaccinated in 2022.
The government has achieved its goal to vaccinate at least 50 percent of the population by the end of 2021, bringing the virus outbreak under control. (Laos-COVID-19-Vaccination)
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SYDNEY -- Australia's Sydney is getting ready to leap into the Chinese Lunar New Year and celebrate the Year of the Tiger, with its Chinatown to be transformed into a hub of family fun.
"Lunar Lanes," a Sydney Lunar Festival event featuring roving performers from different Asian communities, market stalls, DJs, lion dancers and a night-time concert, will kick off from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. local time on Saturday.
The Year of the Tiger will fall on Feb. 1 this year. (Australia-China-Lunar New Year Celebration)