Sun, 20 Jun 2021

BANGKOK -- Thailand hit a new daily record with the discovery of nearly 10,000 new COVID-19 cases on Monday after massive infections were found in the prison system, official data showed.

The country reported 9,635 new cases, including 6,853 infected in the prison system, according to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). (Thailand-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG -- The government of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) said on Monday that the HKSAR and Singapore have decided to defer the inaugural flights under the bilateral Air Travel Bubble (ATB) scheduled for May 26 due to an escalating COVID-19 epidemic in Singapore.

A government spokesman said that the two sides will continue to closely monitor the epidemic situation in both places and will unveil further arrangements on or before June 13. (Hong Kong-Singapore-Travel Bubble)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will visit New Zealand for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders' Meeting on May 30-31.

Morrison and his wife will arrive in Queenstown on May 30 and the talks will take place on the next day, Ardern said in a statement. (New Zealand-Australia-Visit)

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JAKARTA -- The nine missing people in a boat accident in the Kedung Ombo Reservoir in Boyolali district, Indonesia's Central Java province, have been found dead, local officials said on Monday.

The nine victims were found after a search and rescue team managed to retrieve the last two victims who were identified on Sunday evening and on Monday morning respectively, said Kurniawan Fajar Prasetyo, head of the emergency section at the Boyolali Disaster Management Agency. (Indonesia-Boat Accident-Deaths)

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SUVA -- Samoa's Supreme Court on Monday overruled the call by the island nation's Head of State Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II for a fresh election later this month.

According to the Samoa Observer daily, the court reinstated the results from April's election and ordered the parliament to convene within 45 days from the general election held on April 9 this year. (Samoa-Supreme Court-General Election)

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