DHAKA -- Bangladesh witnessed a fresh high in both daily cases and new fatalities of COVID-19, registering 15,192 new cases and 247 related deaths in the past 24 hours as of 8:00 a.m. local time Monday, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
The total caseload in the country is now 1,179,827 and the death toll stands at 19,521. (Bangladesh-COVID-19)
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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Monday the Japanese government has decided to give up on appealing against a recent ruling that recognized 84 people in Hiroshima Prefecture as eligible for state health care benefits for being exposed to radioactive "black rain" after the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing, local media reported Monday.
The government made the decision "given many of them are elderly and some have illnesses," Suga told local media, adding that the government would immediately seek to issue certificates to plaintiffs, the 84 people, to classify them as "hibakusha", or survivors of the atomic bombing, and consider measures to help other people in a similar situation. (Japan-Black Rain-Appeal)
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TOKYO -- Hosting the Olympics under the fourth COVID-19 state of emergency, Tokyo reported 1,429 new daily COVID-19 infections on Monday, exceeding the 1,000-mark for the seventh day in a row, local media reported Monday.
Due to the recent resurgence of COVID-19 infections, the cumulative tally of cases in Tokyo has exceeded 200,000. Moreover, people are highly concerned about the spread of the Delta variant of the virus in Japan, especially with the Olympics underway. (Japan-Tokyo-COVID-19)
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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia recorded a fresh high of 207 single-day death toll from COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total deaths to 8,201, according to the Health Ministry.
Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that another 14,516 new COVID-19 infections were reported, of which three are imported and 14,513 are local transmissions, bringing the national total to 1,027,954. (Malaysia-COVID-19)
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HANOI -- The 15th National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam on Monday re-elected Pham Minh Chinh as the Vietnamese prime minister for the 2021-2026 tenure, according to voting results.
Chinh, also a member of the Politburo of the 13th Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC), was re-elected with a 95.99-percent approval rate among deputies at the ongoing first session of the 15th NA, according to a statement on the NA's website. (Vietnam-Prime Minister)