Sat, 05 Dec 2020

NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally reached 7,651,107 as 54,044 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, according to the data released by the federal health ministry on Wednesday.

The total death toll rose to 115,914, as 717 deaths were logged across the country since Tuesday morning. (India-COVID-19)

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KATHMANDU -- Kathmandu-based hospitals have been facing shortages of medical facilities and workers, as confirmed COVID-19 cases are surging in Nepal.

Lately, Kathmandu Valley has emerged as the epicenter of coronavirus in Nepal and more than half of the cases are reported in the valley alone every day. (Nepal-COVID-19-Facilities)

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HONG KONG -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 jolted 183 km off Neiafu, Tonga, at 00:22:33 GMT on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 19.3191 degrees south latitude and 172.3884 degrees west longitude. (Tonga-Quake)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, 23 of which are imported cases caught at the border, and two are cases linked to the port worker reported on Sunday, who are workplace contacts.

Among the reported imported cases, 18 cases are in managed isolation at the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch. (New Zealand-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways Limited Wednesday announced to eliminate about 8,500 job positions, which accounts for around 24 percent of the group's established headcount of 35,000.

Of the 8,500 positions, about 5,300 Hong Kong-based employees will be made redundant in the coming weeks, and approximately 600 employees based outside of Hong Kong possibly being affected subject to local regulatory requirements. (Hong Kong-Employees)

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