Indonesia starts massive COVID-19 vaccination drive with Sinovac jabs

Indonesia launched its massive COVID-19 vaccination program on Thursday with health workers as the main priority group, a day after President Joko Widodo received the first shot developed by China’s biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech. On Thursday morning, a mass vaccination was held at state-run Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in central Jakarta. At least 25 health workers…

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Pakistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan agree to deepen cooperation

The foreign ministers of Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan held their second trilateral meeting here on Wednesday, expressing their determination to deepen cooperation in various fields. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov attended the meeting. The 1st meeting was held in Baku, Azerbaijan, in November…

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New Zealand to allow in 1,000 returning int’l tertiary students

The New Zealand government on Thursday approved an exception class for 1,000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began. The exception will allow students to return to New Zealand in stages from April 2021. “Our top priority continues to be…

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AirAsia’s digital platform eyes more airline partnerships

Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia Group’s travel, e-commerce and fintech unit airasia.com is in partnership talks with several Middle Eastern and European airlines, its chief executive said on Wednesday. Airasia.com CEO Karen Chan said the company was working on selling more flights on the online platform. “Apart from just selling AirAsia flight tickets, we are now…

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Black box of Indonesia’s crashed plane retrieved

Divers on Tuesday retrieved a black box of the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 plane that plunged into the water off the coast of the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Saturday, local TV reported here. The black box was found on the seafloor between Lancang Island and Laki Island of Jakarta Gulf. The Boeing 737-500 aircraft with…

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Malaysia declares state of emergency to contain COVID-19 surge

The emergency would last till Aug. 1 or earlier depending on the COVID-19 situation. Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Tuesday that King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has consented to declaring a state of emergency in the country to stop the COVID-19 outbreak. In a televised speech, Muhyiddin said the emergency would last…

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Malaysia tightens movement restrictions due to surging COVID-19 cases

Malaysia will tighten movement restriction measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 for two weeks starting Jan. 13, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Monday. In a televised speech, Muhyiddin said the decision was made following spikes in confirmed COVID-19 cases that have driven the country’s medical system to a “breaking point”. “The situation today…

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Cambodia reopens schools as community COVID-19 outbreak is over

Cambodia reopened public schools across the kingdom on Monday after the first community outbreak of COVID-19 was over late last year. In a message to mark the new academic years 2020-2021, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen urged all schools to strictly adhere to the safety measures set by the Ministry of Health. He said…

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UK records another 54,940 coronavirus cases, 563 deaths

Another 54,940 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 3,072,349, according to official figures released Sunday. Another 563 have died within 28 days of a positive test, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain to 81,431, the data showed. The latest…

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