Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, June 26


TOKYO — The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday said that 54 new cases of COVID-19 infections had been confirmed in the capital, with the latest figure coming on the heels of 48 cases confirmed a day earlier.

The latest spike in cases has sparked concerns among officials about a resurgence of cases in the capital and beyond, with the uptick in cases also following 55 cases confirmed on Wednesday, the highest since May 5. (Japan-Pandemic)

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HANOI — Leaders from the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have reaffirmed their strong commitment to alleviating the adverse impacts of COVID-19 through a comprehensive recovery plan in a vision statement released on Friday.

The plan will focus on improving stability and resilience of the regional economy, preserving supply chain connectivity, while staying vigilant of the second wave of infections, said the ASEAN Leaders’ Vision Statement on a Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN from the virtual 36th ASEAN Summit held on Friday under the chair of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. (ASEAN-COVID-19-Recovery plan)

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DHAKA — The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Bangladesh totaled over 130,000 while fatalities stood at 1,661 on Friday.

Senior Health Ministry official Nasima Sultana said in a briefing Friday afternoon that “3,868 new COVID-19 positive cases and 40 deaths including 31 men and 9 women were reported in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh.” (Bangladesh-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG — Businesses are generally positive about the legislation on safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the director-general of investment promotion at Invest Hong Kong of the HKSAR government said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

“We are talking in quite some details with both existing and prospective investors about the overall environment in Hong Kong, and that includes talking about the proposed national security legislation. Most of the businesses that we’re talking to really welcome it,” Director-General of Investment Promotion at Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) Stephen Phillips said. (Hong Kong-Businesses-Confidence)

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