Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, July 16

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JAKARTA -- Indonesia on Friday recorded 54,000 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,205 new deaths in the past 24 hours, the country's Health Ministry said.

Based on the latest data, the total number of coronavirus cases in the Southeast Asian country is now at 2,780,803, while the COVID-19-related death toll increased to 71,397. (Indonesia-COVID-19)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka's National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) on Friday approved China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in the country.

Accordingly, all COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) can now be used in Sri Lanka, State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Channa Jayasumana said. (Sri Lanka-Sinovac-Approval)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported 12,541 new COVID-19 infections, the health ministry said on Friday, bringing the national total to 893,323.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that 16 of the new cases are imported and 12,525 are local transmissions. (Malaysia-COVID-19)

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SHIBERGHAN, Afghanistan -- The Afghan security forces repelled an attack by Taliban on Shiberghan city, capital of Afghanistan's northern Jawzjan province on Friday, killing and injuring dozens of militants, local police said.

Sporadic fighting started early Friday when dozens of Taliban militants armed with guns and heavy weapons entered from two directions in the south and east of the city, provincial police officer Abobakar Jilani told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Attack)

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HANOI -- Vietnam reported 3,336 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, including 3,321 locally transmitted and 15 imported, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

The new infections brought the total tally to 44,186 with 225 deaths. (Vietnam-COVID-19)

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YANGON -- Myanmar reported 6,194 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the tally to 218,739 on Friday, according to a release from the Health and Sports Ministry.

The death toll has increased to 4,536 after 190 new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, the release said. (Myanmar-COVID-19) Enditem

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