Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Jan. 5


HANOI — Vietnam will strive to achieve a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of about 6.5 percent in 2021, higher than the target of 6 percent earlier assigned by its top legislature, according to a resolution issued recently by the local government.

The document, with details on the socio-economic development plan and state budget estimates in 2021, states that Vietnam will also eye an average GDP per capita of some 3,700 U.S. dollars, a consumer price index hike of about 4 percent, and social health insurance coverage of around 91 percent, local daily newspaper Vietnam News reported Tuesday.(Vietnam-Growth)

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NEW DELHI — India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 10,356,844 on Tuesday as 16,375 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the federal health ministry.

According to the data, the death toll mounted to 149,850 as 201 COVID-19 patients died since Monday morning.(India-COVID-19)

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SEOUL — South Korea reported 715 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Tuesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 64,979.

The daily caseload fell below 1,000 after recording 1,020 in the previous day, but it hovered above 100 for 59 days since Nov. 8 due to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.(South Korea-COVID-19)

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CANBERRA — Australia’s next federal election is likely to cost the country about an additional 30 million Australian dollars (22.9 million U.S. dollars) due to COVID-19 measures.

In a submission to a Senate budget hearing, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) said that the next election would cost taxpayers at least 400 million Australian dollars (306.7 million U.S. dollars), up from 372 million Australian dollars (285.3 million USD) in 2019, as a result of an expected increase in postal ballots and the hiring of COVID-19 wardens, according to The Australian on Tuesday.(Australia-COVID-19)

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