Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, July 15

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TOKYO -- Japan's Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday raised its warning level for the spread of the COVID-19 from three to its highest level of four, stating that the virus continues to be spreading.

Tokyo confirmed 165 new cases of coronavirus infections on Wedensday, remaining below 200 for the third straight day, although the number of daily cases has topped 100 since July 2, with the latest daily infection tally marking the seventh straight day of three digit cases. (Japan-Tokyo-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported 19 additional cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, including 14 local infections.

The newly reported cases brought the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong to 1,588. (HK-COVID-19-Caseload)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's money supply growth hit a record high in May amid the record-low policy rate, central bank data showed Wednesday.

The M2, called broad money, reached 3,053.9 trillion won (2.54 trillion U.S. dollars) in May, up 35.4 trillion won (29.5 billion U.S. dollars) from the previous month, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK). (South Korea-Money Supply)

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YANGON -- Arrangements are underway by Myanmar authorities on repatriation of about 1,800 citizens stranded abroad by relief flights soon, an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Xinhua on Wednesday.

Due to the suspension of international commercial flights during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Myanmar government has been repatriating its citizens stranded in foreign countries, in cooperation with the authorities concerned. (Myanmar-COVID-19-Relief flight)

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PHNOM PENH -- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has provided 1,700 tablet computers to Cambodia's Ministry of Planning, along with a bundle of software, aiming at improving the country's social protection system, said a joint press statement on Wednesday.

The computers will enable the provincial departments of planning and communes to register new IDPoor recipients faster, so they can receive rapid cash transfers sooner. (Cambodia-UNDP-Computer) Enditem

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