Wed, 28 Jul 2021

ISLAMABAD -- A powerful explosion ripped through a residential area in Lahore, the capital city of Pakistan's eastern Punjab province, killing at least two people and injuring 15 others, an official said on Wednesday.

A police official, two children and a woman were among the injured, Deputy Commissioner of Lahore Mudassar Riaz Malik told Xinhua, adding that the forensic and bomb disposal investigations are underway, and evidences are being collected to determine the cause of the blast. (Pakistan-Lahore-Explosion)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia Wednesday reported a record high of 587 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national caseload to 44,711, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a statement.

The new infections included 533 local cases and 54 imported cases, the MoH said.

Sixteen more fatalities were confirmed, taking the overall death toll to 475, the statement said, adding that 548 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 39,314. (Cambodia-COVID-19)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- The World Bank on Wednesday revised down Malaysia's growth projection this year to 4.5 percent from 6 percent earlier, as the ongoing pandemic and movement restrictions will affect Malaysia's economy in the near term.

The World Bank said in its latest report that the revision reflects the slower pathway towards suppression of the pandemic and the slower-than-expected vaccine rollout. (Malaysia-World Bank-Projection)

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SYDNEY -- Australia's Sydney saw a further 16 locally acquired cases of COVID-19, the new one-day high in the latest outbreak.

The health department recorded 10 new local cases in the past 24 hours till 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night, among which seven were already announced on Tuesday but included in Wednesday's figures. There were another 13 new local cases reported after 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night who will be counted in Thursday's official statistics. There are 31 cases linked to a local cluster, according to the health authorities. (Australia-Sydney-COVID-19)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally surpassed 30 million-mark and the death toll crossed 390,000 on Wednesday, said the federal health ministry.

While the tally rose to 30,028,709, the aggregate death toll reached 390,660.

As many as 50,848 new cases and 1,358 deaths were registered across the country during the past 24 hours. (India-COVID-19-30 million)

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