JAKARTA -- Indonesia on Monday decided to extend its restrictions on community activities, known locally as PPKM, in several regions until Aug. 9 as the country is still fighting the second COVID-19 wave that has overwhelmed hospitals.
Initially, the government imposed the policy, previously called PPKM Darurat (emergency community restrictions) on the country's most populated Island of Java and the resort island of Bali from July 3 to 20. (Indonesia-COVID-19 restrictions)
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YANGON -- The death toll of COVID-19 has reached 10,061 in Myanmar after 330 more deaths were reported on Monday, according to a release from the Ministry of Health.
A total of 3,689 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the tally in the country to 306,354, the release said.
According to the ministry's figures, a total of 217,142 patients have been discharged from hospitals and over 3.18 million samples have been tested for COVID-19 so far. (Myanmar-COVID-19)
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DHAKA -- A total of 287 people were hospitalized for the mosquito-borne dengue fever in Bangladesh in the past 24 hours as of 8:00 a.m. local time Monday, the highest number in a single day so far this year, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.
According to the figure reported by the DGHS under the Ministry of Health, 279 people were diagnosed with the dengue in Dhaka alone. (Bangladesh-Dengue)
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HONG KONG -- Carrie Lam, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), said Monday that the Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union (PTU) has hijacked the education sector in Hong Kong and she supports the Education Bureau of the HKSAR government in cutting working relations with it.
Lam said at a press conference that the PTU has deviated from its duties, violated professional ethics, and let anti-government sentiment spread to campuses. (Hong Kong-Education)
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KABUL -- Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Monday revealed a six-month security plan to change the security situation in the conflict-battered country.
"We have a security plan, a six-month security plan to change the situation on battle ground and to stabilize the security situation and the security forces are capable enough to stabilize the security situation," Ghani said in his speech at the joint session of the parliament. (Afghanistan-Security plan)