Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, May 18


SINGAPORE — Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 305 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 28,343.

Of the newly confirmed cases, two were cases in the community, and 305 were work permit holders residing in dormitories. There were no imported cases. (Singapore-COVID-19 cases)

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DHAKA — Bangladesh on Monday issued the danger alert over cyclone “Amphan” that is heading towards the coastlines of the country.

A special bulletin of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) on Monday at 3:00 p.m. local time said the the cyclone was now staying at 985 km south-southwest of Bangladesh’s Mongla port in southern Khulna region and about 1,075 km south-southwest of Chattogram seaport in southeastern Bangladesh. (Bangladesh-Cyclone)

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ISLAMABAD — The train services in Pakistan will be partially restored from Wednesday under standard operating procedures (SOPs) to enable people to celebrate upcoming Eid al-Fitr holidays, Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said on Monday.

The decision to resume the train operations has been announced by the minister after getting the go-ahead from Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. (Pakistan-Epidemic-Train service)

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JAKARTA — Indonesia on Monday announced 496 new confirmed cases of the COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 18,010.

There were also 43 new deaths, taking the total number of fatalities to 1,191, the government’s spokesperson for the COVID-19 related matters Achmad Yurianto said at a press conference. (Indonesia-COVID-19)

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