Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Aug. 4


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  • Wednesday, 05 Aug 2020

MACAO -- Researchers from the University of Macao of China's Macao Special Administrative Region and institutions in central China's Hubei Province have worked together to develop an intelligent system to distinguish pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from other common pneumonia, said the university Tuesday.

The new system, developed by Prof. Wong Pak Kin in the Faculty of Science and Technology, and his doctoral student Yan Tao in the Department of Electromechanical Engineering, can tell COVID-19 from other common pneumonia at a speed nearly 60 times faster than radiologists, the University of Macao said in a press release. (Macao-COVID19-CT)

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TOKYO -- The Japanese government said Tuesday that assets from a Japanese company seized under a South Korean court ruling on compensation for wartime labor must not be liquidated in the interests of bilateral ties.

Japan's top government spokesperson Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press briefing on the matter that, "Liquidating the Nippon Steel Corp. assets would bring about a serious situation and must be avoided." (Japan-South Korea-Wartime labor)

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HANOI -- Vietnam reported 28 new cases of COVID-19 infection on Tuesday, bringing its total confirmed cases to 670, as well as two more deaths from the disease, according to its Ministry of Health.

A total of 27 of the new cases were reported in the country's central city of Da Nang, central Quang Nam province and southern Dong Nai province, among which 16 cases are reportedly linked to Da Nang Hospital, which is related to several previously confirmed cases, according to the ministry. (Vietnam-COVID19-Cases)

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CANBERRA -- South Australia has reinstated restrictions after identifying "concerning" COVID-19 clusters linked to two schools.

From midnight Tuesday, the number of people allowed to gather at homes will be reduced from 50 to 10 and patrons in licensed premises will only be allowed to drink alcohol while seated. (South Australia-COVID19-Restrictions)

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