Sat, 24 Jul 2021

DHAKA -- Bangladesh resumed administering the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in parts of the country on Saturday thanks to the China-donated Sinopharm vaccines.

Those who already registered but have not received their first shots will get priority for vaccination, which resumed in 67 centers across the country, a notice issued by the country's health directorate said. (Bangladesh-China-Vaccination)

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ISLAMABAD -- Four teachers were injured in firing by unknown gunmen on a school van in Mastung district of Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province on Saturday, local reports said.

The gunmen ambushed the school van and attacked it when the female teachers were on their way back home after taking classes, the reports said. (Pakistan-School Van-Shooting)

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HONG KONG -- Three Apple Daily companies and two of their executives were prosecuted for breaching the national security law in Hong Kong on West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts Saturday.

The defendants were accused of conspiring with Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, an instigator of Hong Kong riots, and others to request a foreign country or an institution, organization or individual outside the mainland, Hong Kong and Macao to impose sanctions or blockade, or engage in other hostile activities against Hong Kong or the country from July 1 of last year to April 3. (Hong Kong-Apple Daily-National Security Law)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia on Saturday confirmed 20 new COVID-19 fatalities, the highest single-day death toll, pushing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 414, the health ministry said in a statement.

The figure topped the previous highest daily record of 15 deaths on June 12, the ministry said.

The Southeast Asian nation also logged 471 new cases, taking the national caseload to 42,052 so far, said the ministry, adding that 928 patients recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 36,868. (Cambodia-COVID-19)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 29,823,546 on Saturday, with 60,753 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, said the health ministry.

Besides, 1,647 more patients died during the period, taking the death toll to 385,137. (India-COVID-19)

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