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YANGON -- The total number of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar has increased to 90,713 as of Monday, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports.

A total of 1,227 more COVID-19 confirmed cases were reported in the country. (Myanmar-COVID-19)

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ISLAMABAD -- China, which lifted over 700 million people out of poverty over the past 40-plus years of reform and opening up, sets an example that can be followed by other developing countries in their own efforts, a Pakistani expert has said.

China has set a record of contributing over 70 percent of the global poverty reduction. The historic achievement made by the world's most populous country has inspired other developing countries to take similar steps for being financially stable, Ghulam Samad, senior research specialist at the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Institute, said in an interview with Xinhua. (Pakistan-China-Poverty Reduction)

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh reported 2,525 new COVID-19 cases and 35 new deaths on Monday, making the tally at 464,932 and death toll at 6,644, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The official data showed that 15,372 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh. (Bangladesh-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG -- As daily COVID-19 infections remained high, Hong Kong announced an array of measures on Monday afternoon in order to control the worsening epidemic situation with more entertainment venues to be closed and heavier punishment for violations of social distancing and other restrictions in the pipeline.

Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam unveiled the new policies at a press conference and stressed that the local COVID-19 situation was still severe. (HK-COVID-19-Restrictions) Enditem

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