Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, July 22


SEOUL — Thirteen more U.S. soldiers and their family members tested positive for COVID-19 amid rising concerns here about imported cases, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Wednesday.

The USFK said in a statement that 12 USFK service members and one dependent were confirmed with the virus after arriving in South Korea between July 8 and 20. (South Korea-U.S. Bases-COVID-19)

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SINGAPORE — A vaccine for COVID-19 jointly developed by Singapore and the United States was approved for clinical trials, local media reported Wednesday.

Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings Inc. based in San Diego, California, and Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, said Tuesday that the Clinical Trial Application for the vaccine known as LUNAR-COV19 has been approved to proceed by the Singapore Health Sciences Authority, the Straits Times reported. (Singapore-U.S.-COVID-19 Vaccine)

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BANGKOK — Thailand has extended emergency rule against the COVID-19 pandemic for another month in the face of incoming Thais and foreigners, who might possibly be infected overseas.

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, on Wednesday extended the emergency decree, imposed nationwide since March until Aug. 31, said CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin. (Thailand-COVID-19-Emergency Rule)

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JAKARTA — A cargo ship caught fire on Tuesday afternoon in Java sea north of Jakarta while leaving from the capital city to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province, state news agency Antara reported on Wednesday.

The fire was believed to come from one of the vehicles onboard the cargo ship KM BAHARI INDONESIA at around 3.30 p.m. local time on Tuesday. (Indonesia-Ship-Fire)

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