Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, June 21

JAKARTA — Indonesia has registered more than 2 million cases of COVID-19 on Monday since the first case was confirmed in the country in March last year.

The country’s Health Ministry said the COVID-19 cases across the country rose by 14,536 within the past 24 hours to 2,004,445, the largest single day increase in new cases. (Indonesia-COVID-19 cases-Two million)

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KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia reported another 4,611 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the national total to 701,019, the health ministry said on Monday.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that another 69 more deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 4,477. (Malaysia-Pandemic)

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PHNOM PENH — Cambodian Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said Monday that the construction of the Chinese-invested Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway has gone full steam despite the COVID-19 pandemic and is expected to be completed ahead of schedule.

Invested by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), the 2-billion-U.S.-dollar expressway will connect the capital city of Phnom Penh and the deep-sea port province of Preah Sihanouk in the country’s southwestern part. (Cambodia-China-Expressway project)

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TOKYO — The Japanese government’s plans for companies and universities to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines on-site began on Monday for people aged under 65, while seven prefectures including Tokyo shifted from a fully-fledged to quasi-state of coronavirus emergency.

Major businesses administering jabs included SoftBank Group Corp., Central Japan Railway Co. and Itochu Corp. (Japan-COVID-19-Vaccination)


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