Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, May 28
Written by tokyoclub on May 28, 2021
WELLINGTON — New Zealand has extended the suspension of its quarantine-free travel with Australia’s Victoria state until June 4 after recent reports in Melbourne of a growing number of COVID-19 cases.
According to New Zealand’s COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins, the travel bubble pause will last until 7:59 p.m. on June 4. The decision was based on the public health risk assessment to further protect New Zealanders, said the minister. (New Zealand-Travel Suspension)
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BANGKOK — Thailand announced on Friday that it has approved China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.
Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the inactivated vaccine of Sinopharm for emergency use, making it the fifth following the approvals of AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines, FDA Secretary-General Paisarn Dunkum told a press conference. (Thailand-Chinese Vaccine Approval)
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TOKYO — Japan’s unemployment rate increased to 2.8 percent in April, marking the first rise in six months, as hiring in the service sector dropped under the country’s third state of emergency, the government said in a report on Friday.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the jobless rate jumped from March’s reading of 2.6 percent, although remained below February’s reading of 2.9. (Japan-Unemployment Rate)
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KATHMANDU — The Nepali government has decided to allow once-a-week flights to China, Qatar and Turkey as all international flights except two flights per week with India have remained suspended in the country’s efforts to curb a deadly new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Nepali cabinet minister said Friday.
“Regular flights once a week were opened for these destinations to ease travel for Nepalis and foreign nationals amid continued suspension of international flights,” Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal, minister for culture, tourism and civil aviation, told Xinhua. (Nepal-China Flights)
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JAKARTA — All 377 prefabricated box girders have been erected as of Friday for the first girder erection channel of the Jakarta-Bandung High Speed Railway (HSR), the railway’s operator said.
A statement released by KCIC, a joint venture consortium between Chinese and Indonesian state-owned firms that runs the 142.3-km HSR, said it set a good example for the smooth completion of the remaining five girder erection channels, marking another significant progress in the construction of the HSR. (Indonesia-High Speed Railway)