Sun, 28 Feb 2021

DHAKA -- Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday virtually inaugurated the country's COVID-19 vaccination drive in capital Dhaka with a nurse getting the first shot.

Four more government officials also received COVID-19 vaccine at the inaugural program. (Bangladesh-COVID-19-Vaccination)

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday apologized in parliament for two senior governing coalition lawmakers visiting hostess bars in Tokyo's upscale Ginza district late at night, despite the government asking all people under the current state of emergency to refrain from unnecessary outings, especially at night.

Jun Matsumoto, the acting chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)'s Diet Affairs Committee, and Kiyohiko Toyama, acting secretary general of Komeito, the LDP's junior coalition ally, both admitted visiting such bars late in the evening last week. (Japan-PM-Apology)

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 11,948 within one day to 1,024,298, with the death toll adding by 387 to 28,855, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

According to the ministry, 10,974 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 831,330. (Indonesia-COVID-19-Cases)

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CANBERRA -- Containing disinfectant wipes, tea, and various Chinese handicrafts, some Spring Festival kits were given to Chinese students by the Chinese Embassy in Australia on Wednesday.

Not only students received the kits. Miao Changxia, counsellor of consular affairs, also handed Spring Festival kits to representatives of Chinese people in Canberra. The embassy will also send some kits to the Northern Territory. (Australia-China-Kits)

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