Xinhua Asia-Pacific News Summary at 4:00 p.m. GMT, July 9

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HONG KONG – The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Friday condemned the European Parliament for re-adopting a Hong Kong “resolution” that disregards the rule of law, breathes double standards and constitutes flagrant interference in the affairs of the Hong Kong SAR and the internal affairs of China in general.

Like any other country in the world, China has the power and the duty to protect national security, a government spokesperson said in a statement. (HK-European Parliament-Interference)

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DHAKA – Bangladesh on Friday reported 212 more deaths from COVID-19, the highest number in a single day, bringing the death toll to more than 16,000.

According to its Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), a total of 16,004 patients have died in Bangladesh from the epidemic since it struck the country. (Bangladesh-COVID-19-Tally)

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JAKARTA – Indonesia plans to inject the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine into healthcare workers across the country next week, a minister said.

The country’s health ministry will launch the vaccination program using the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine next week, targeting 1.47 million health workers across the country. (Indonesia-Booster shot-Vaccine)

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – One in five Brunei residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine as part of the national immunization program, the government of Brunei said on Friday.

According to the Ministry of Health, as of July 8, 90,500 people had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, representing 20% ​​of the total population of the Sultanate, and 17,267 people had received two doses of COVID-19. vaccine, accounting for 3.8 percent of the total population. (Brunei-COVID-19-Vaccine)

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NEW DELHI – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reviewed the progress of the increase and availability of oxygen across the country.

The review meeting rose to prominence amid fears of a third wave of COVID-19 after the second wave rocked the country in April-May amid a severe oxygen shortage. (India-Modi-Oxygen)


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