VIENTIANE -- The eighth batch of China-donated COVID-19 vaccines has arrived here and has been handed over to Lao authorities.
Chinese ambassador to Laos Jiang Zaidong, when handing over the 1.5 million doses of vaccines Tuesday to Lao Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh, said the anti-epidemic work in Laos has made positive progress, as the country has exceeded the target of vaccinating 50 percent of its population and COVID-19 infections have reduced significantly. (Laos-China-COVID-19)
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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 40,085,116 on Wednesday, as 285,914 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the South Asian country, according to the federal health ministry's latest data.
Meanwhile, 665 deaths due to the pandemic reported since Tuesday morning took the total death toll to 491,127. (India-COVID-19)
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SEOUL -- South Korea's daily number of new COVID-19 cases hit a new record high due to the spread of the Omicron variant of the virus, the health authorities said Wednesday.
According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), the country reported 13,012 more cases of COVID-19 for the past 24 hours, raising the total number of infections to 762,983.
The daily caseload was up from 8,571 in the previous day, topping 10,000 for the first time here since the country's first case was found in January 2020. (South Korea-COVID-19)
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WELLINGTON -- The New Zealand government on Wednesday announced a three-phase plan that aims to curb the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the country.
"Through the course of managing Omicron, we will be taking a phased approach. As case numbers grow, both testing and isolation approaches will change in response," Associate Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall told a press conference. (New Zealand-COVID-19)