Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1615 GMT, Nov. 28

YANGON -- Myanmar's national-level Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment for COVID-19 on Saturday extended the period of preventive measures to Dec. 15.

The extension will be applied to all orders, announcements, directives issued by respective union level government organizations and ministries which will expire on Monday, as part of the preventive measures to curb the spread of the disease. (Myanmar-COVID-19)


DHAKA -- Bangladesh reported 1,908 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 36 new deaths on Saturday, bringing its total tally to 460,619 with 6,580 deaths, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The official data showed that 14,012 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh. (Bangladesh-COVID-19)


CANBERRA -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for senior defence force officers to be held accountable for war crimes allegedly committed by soldiers in Afghanistan.

The government on Nov. 19 released the findings of a landmark four-year war crimes inquiry, which found "credible evidence" that Australian soldiers murdered 39 prisoners and civilians in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016, recommending criminal proceedings against the soldiers. (Australia-War Crimes)


JAKARTA -- Indonesia recorded 5,418 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, raising its total tally to 527,999, with the death toll increasing by 125 to 16,646, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

According to the ministry, 4,527 more patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 441,983. (Indonesia-COVID-19)

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