Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, May 8


MALE — An additional 86 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the Maldives on Friday, raising the country’s total number to 734, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Eighty-six new infections including 14 Maldivian nationals, 67 Bangladeshis, three Indians, one Sri Lankan and a Nepali tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, the HPA said.

The National Emergency Operating Center (NEOC) has projected that the island nation may see a total of 77,305 cases, with 13,568 expected to require hospitalization and 5,805 expected to require intensive care treatment. (Maldives-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG — The House Committee (HC) of the Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region failed to elect a new chairman again on Friday at its 17th election meeting in more than six months due to filibuster by opposition lawmakers.

The meeting was suspended multiple times because of the disturbance caused by opposition lawmakers. (Hong Kong-LegCo-Election)

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JAKARTA — The Indonesian anti-corruption court on Friday handed down an eight-year jail term to Emirsyah Satar, former CEO of state airline PT Garuda Indonesia, for graft and money laundering involving world’s manufacturers of aircraft and plane engines.

Satar received bribes linked with the procurement of aircraft and plane engines from Rolls-Royce Plc., Airbus and Aviations de Transport Regional, the court said. (Indonesia-Carrier-Graft)

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TOKYO — COVID-19 cases in Japan increased by 87 to 15,662, with the figure including 39 new infections in the capital, remaining below 100 for a sixth straight day and dropping well below the April 17 peak of 201 cases, official figures showed Friday evening.

The nationwide death toll from the pneumonia-causing virus now stands at 619, including those from a cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama near Tokyo, the latest figures showed. (Japan-COVID-19-Restrictions)

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