Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Feb. 19

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MACAO -- A total of 90,615 visitors arrived in Macao during the Spring Festival holiday from Feb. 11 to 17, a drop of 65.3 percent year on year, the Macao Government Tourism Office said on Friday.

Of them, 82,190 people were from the mainland, representing a decline of 44.9 percent compared to a year earlier. (Macao-Mainland-Visits)

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HONG KONG -- The first batch of mainland-manufactured COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Hong Kong on Friday afternoon, which, as the first vaccines available here, will enable the financial hub to start inoculating its residents next week.

The flight from Beijing carrying 1 million doses of the inactivated vaccine of Sinovac Biotech landed at the Hong Kong International Airport at about 5:30 p.m. local time. (HK-Mainland-Vaccine)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported 2,936 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the national total to 277,811, the health ministry said on Friday,

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that 17 of the new cases are imported and 2,919 are local transmissions. (Malaysia-COVID-19)

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JAKARTA -- Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupted on Friday, emitting incandescent lava 15 times as far as 1,000 meters from 00:00 a.m. to 06:00 a.m. local time, said the Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center.

Head of the center Hanik Humaida said that in those six hours, Mount Merapi had also belched 24 avalanches with an amplitude of 4-38 mm for 11-97 seconds and emitted thick white solfatara smoke as high as 400 meters above the peak. (Indonesia-Volcano-Eruption)

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JAKARTA -- The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 10,614 in the past 24 hours to 1,263,299, with the death toll adding by 183 to 34,152, the country's Health Ministry said on Friday.

According to the ministry, 10,783 more patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries from COVID-19 to 1,069,005. (Indonesia-COVID-19) Enditem

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