Thu, 28 Oct 2021

SYDNEY -- As Sydney, the capital city of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW), entered the 12th week of its COVID-19 lockdown, there are a few small indications that life is gradually returning to normal for its weary citizens.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian outlined some new initiatives in the battle against the virus. (Australia-COVID-19)

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WELLINGTON -- The suspension of quarantine-free travel (QFT) between New Zealand and Australia has been extended for another eight weeks, given the current Delta outbreaks, New Zealand COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said on Friday.

"When QFT was established with Australia, both our countries had very few recent cases of COVID-19 community transmission, and a very similar elimination strategy. This has changed significantly leading to our decision to suspend QFT for a further eight weeks," Hipkins said in a statement. (New Zealand-COVID 19)

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 2,008 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Thursday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 281,938.

The daily caseload was up from 1,943 in the prior day, hovering above 1,000 for 73 straight days. The daily average tally for the past week was 1,797. (South Korea-COVID 19)

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MACAO -- The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the Macao Special Administrative Region has voiced firm opposition to a so-called bill adopted by the European Parliament which interfered with Macao affairs and China's internal affairs in general.

The government of China's Macao Special Administrative Region has also expressed strong opposition to and deep regret over a so-called report passed by the European Parliament. (China-European Parliament Report-Opposition)

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