Mon, 14 Jun 2021

HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) on Tuesday unveiled "Fintech 2025", the new strategy for driving fintech development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The new strategy aims to encourage the financial sector to adopt technology comprehensively by 2025, as well as to promote the provision of fair and efficient financial services for the benefit of Hong Kong people and the economy. (Hong Kong-Fintech)

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh reported 2,322 new COVID-19 cases, the highest since April 29, and 44 more deaths on Tuesday, taking the total to 815,282 and the death toll to 12,913, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The official data showed that 19,165 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh.

The total number of recovered patients stood at 755,302 including 2,062 new recoveries on Tuesday, said the DGHS. (Bangladesh-COVID-19 cases)

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NEW DELHI -- Director of India's premier health institute, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Randeep Guleria said Tuesday he does not think that COVID-19 will have a serious impact on children.

The AIIMS chief said there was no evidence or data to support the claims of COVID-19 affecting children.

"No data, global or Indian, has had any observations of children being affected more. Even in the data from the second wave kids who were infected had mild illness or co-morbidities," Guleria said during a press briefing of the federal health ministry. (India-COVID-19-Children)

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 6,294 within one day to 1,869,325, with the death toll adding by 189 to 51,992, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

According to the ministry, 5,805 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 1,717,370.

The virus has spread to all the country's 34 provinces. (Indonesia-COVID-19 cases)

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MAIMANA, Afghanistan -- Taliban militants took the control of a district in Afghanistan's northern province of Faryab after heavily clashes late Monday, local media Tolo News TV reported on Tuesday.

The center of Faryab province's Dawlat Abad district fell to the Taliban militants on Monday evening, a member of the provincial council, Abdul Ahad Elbek said, Tolo TV News reported. (Afghanistan-Taliban attack)

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