Thu, 15 Apr 2021

MACAO -- A total of 10,691 people in China's Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines produced in the mainland as of Thursday, according to the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center of Macao.

Altogether 27,403 people in the SAR have made reservations for inoculation, the center said late Thursday. (Macao-Vaccine)

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NEW DELHI -- At least five people were killed and seven others injured, some of them critically, on Thursday in a devastating fire inside a fireworks factory in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, officials said.

The incident took place near Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district, about 539 km southwest of Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu.

Fire tenders are on the spot and the fire has been controlled, said an official at the disaster management office in Virudhunagar. (India-Firework Factory-Fire)

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TOKYO -- Tokyo on Thursday reported 340 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the capital's cumulative total of infections to 110,740.

According to the Tokyo metropolitan government, the daily tally has remained below 500 for the 19th straight day. (Japan-Tokyo-COVID-19)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported 1,924 new COVID-19 infections, the health ministry said on Thursday, bringing the national total to 293,698.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that six of the new cases are imported and 1,918 are local transmissions.

Another 12 deaths have been reported, pushing the death toll to 1,100. (Malaysia-COVID-19)

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MUMBAI -- Global rating agency Moody's on Thursday revised India's economic growth to 13.7 percent for the year 2021-22 (Apr-Mar) from 10.8 percent predicted earlier.

According to India's own Economic Survey released last month, Asia's third largest economy is expected to grow at 11 percent in 2021-22. (India-Moody's-Economic Growth)

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