Wed, 27 Jan 2021

HONG KONG -- Chief Executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam Monday highlighted Hong Kong's advantages in participating in the Belt and Road cooperation, including its status as a financial center and close ties with the mainland.

"For those who are looking to grasp the opportunities presented by the Belt and Road, I would say that Hong Kong is your ideal partner given our unique strengths," Lam said when addressing the Belt and Road Summit. (HK-Belt and Road)

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SYDNEY -- People in Australia's state of Victoria will gradually go back to office working from Monday as the state continues to record zero cases of locally acquired COVID-19.

According to previous announcement of Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews, up to 25 percent of workers will be bale to attend onsite from Monday. Those who were not nominated by employers will continue to work from home. (Australia-COVID-19-Worker)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia once again closed all cinemas, arts performing venues and museums Monday after at least 14 people have so far tested positive for the COVID-19 in the first-ever community transmission.

The first local transmission was detected on Saturday after a local family of six people, who reside in both capital Phnom Penh and Northwest Siem Reap province, confirmed positive for the virus, as the origin of their infection was still unknown. (Cambodia-COVID-19-Entertainment venue-Close)

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NEW DELHI -- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday directed a price cut for RT-PCR tests for COVID-19.

Conducted free of cost in government hospitals, the tests can cost up to 33 U.S. dollars in private laboratories of Delhi.

"I have directed that the rates of RT PCR tests be reduced in Delhi. Whereas tests are being conducted free of cost in gov't establishments, however, this will help those who get their tests done in private labs," Kejriwal wrote on social media networking platform twitter. (India-COVID-19-Test-Price cut)

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SUVA -- Fiji's economy is expected to range between 1.6 percent and 8 percent in 2021, the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) said on Monday.

In a statement on Monday, the Fijian central bank attributed next year's economic growth projections to the substantial uncertainties around the reopening of borders for quarantine-free travel and appetite for tourism activity. (Fiji-COVID-19-Economy)

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