Fri, 23 Apr 2021

SEOUL -- Twelve more U.S. soldiers and two civilians in South Korea tested positive for COVID-19, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Thursday.

The USFK said in a statement that 14 USFK-affiliated individuals were confirmed with the COVID-19 after arriving in South Korea between Feb. 3 and 22. (South Korea-U.S. soldiers-COVID-19)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 11,046,914 on Thursday as 16,738 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, the latest data from the federal health ministry showed.

According to the official data, the death toll mounted to 156,705 as 138 COVID-19 patients died since Wednesday morning. There are still 151,708 active cases in the country, while 10,738,501 people have been discharged so far from hospitals after medical treatment. (India-COVID-19 tally)

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KATHMANDU -- Over 400,000 Nepali people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 under the first phase of a vaccination drive, Nepal's Ministry of Health and Population said.

In a press statement on Wednesday, the ministry said a total of 429,705 people who were under the first priority list, were inoculated first doses of vaccine in the first phase. (Nepal-Pandemic-Vaccination)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's central bank on Thursday froze its policy rate at a record low on lingering worry about the continued COVID-19 pandemic.

Bank of Korea (BOK) Governor Lee Ju-yeol and six monetary policy board members decided to leave the benchmark seven-day repurchase rate unchanged at an all-time low of 0.50 percent. The rate has been kept in place since May last year. (South Korea-Central bank-Rate)

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