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SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia's biggest city Sydney posted a record one-day rise in local COVID-19 cases on Thursday and warned the outbreak would get worse, as authorities sought military help to enforce a lockdown of 6 million people poised to enter its sixth week.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN): Business leaders on Wednesday (July 28) supported a proposal to impose a two-week hard lockdown in Metro Manila by August in the face of high risks posed by the Covid-19 Delta variant, adding that the “ghost month” is the best time to do it.
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has received another vaccine contribution, this time from the United Kingdom donating 415,000 doses of the UK-manufactured AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines.
Covid-19: Malaysia has started discussing securing more vaccine doses for booster shots, children, says KJ
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has started discussions with pharmaceutical companies on possibly securing Covid-19 booster shots, as well as vaccines for children, by next year, says Khairy Jamaluddin.
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN): Hanoi launched the first phase of a mass Covid-19 vaccination drive on Wednesday, starting with the downtown central district of Hoàn Kiếm since early morning.
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN): China's Sinopharm vaccine could soon be made available in Singapore, with several private healthcare groups already taking steps to secure doses of the jab.
BENGALURU: AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot did not increase the instances of rare blood clots with low platelets in people after the second dose, a study showed on Wednesday, potentially easing some worries over the vaccine's side-effects.
VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN): China and the United Kingdom will provide Laos with more than 1.4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines in coming weekS, the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control said on Tuesday (July 27).
RELIANCE Industries Ltd, the conglomerate helmed by Asia’s richest man, is among large Indian companies that have given at least one Covid-19 shot to almost all of its employees, a sign the country’s corporate sector is proving more efficient at procuring shots than the government, which has struggled with shortages and logistics.