Mon, 16 May 2022

JAKARTA -- Indonesia on Thursday confirmed 8,077 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day rise since Sept. 2, 2021, amid the spread of the Omicron variant in the country.

With the increase, the country's tally of infections rose to 4,309,270, the country's Health Ministry said. (Indonesia-COVID 19)

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NEW DELHI -- India's Delhi government decided on Thursday to end the weekend curfew and odd-even curbs for markets in the national capital region, local media reported.

The authorities have also decided to open restaurants, bars and cinema halls with 50 percent capacity. (India-Delhi-Curfew)

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HONG KONG -- The nomination period for the chief executive election of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will run from Feb. 20 to March 5, the Electoral Affairs Commission said here on Thursday.

The commission also unveiled the guidelines for the once-in-five-year race, which will be held on March 27. (Hong Kong-Chief Executive Election)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- The central bank of Malaysia and Indonesia on Thursday launched a cross-border QR payment linkage to enable instant, secure and efficient cross-border payments between the two countries.

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Bank Indonesia (BI) said in a statement that through this linkage, consumers in both countries will be able to make retail payments by scanning the DuitNow or Quick Response Code Indonesian Standard QR codes displayed by offline and online merchants. (Malaysia-Indonesia-Payment)

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