Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Nov. 28

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JAKARTA -- Indonesia has banned international visitors who have travel histories from eight African countries in the last 14 days, to prevent transmission of the new, more contagious variant of coronavirus Omicron to the country, an official said on Sunday.

Arya Pradhana Anggakara, spokesman for the Directorate General of Immigration at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, said the eight countries are South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini, and Nigeria. (Indonesia-Omicron variant-Ban)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob will make an official visit to Singapore on Monday, Malaysia's Foreign Ministry said Sunday.

The visit at the invitation of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be Ismail Sabri's first visit to the neighboring country since he assumed office in August. The visit comes with the commencement of the air and land Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Malaysia and Singapore beginning on Monday, the ministry said in a statement. (Malaysia-Singapore-Vaccinated Travel Lane)

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DHAKA -- The sixth batch of gifted COVID-19 vaccines from the Chinese government to Bangladesh has arrived in Dhaka, the Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh said on Saturday.

This new batch of Sinovac vaccines arrived on Thursday, after five batches of gifted Chinese vaccines which were delivered in May, June, August and October this year, the embassy said in a Facebook post. (Bangladesh-China-Vaccines)

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HANOI -- Vietnam reported 12,936 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, including 12,928 locally transmitted and eight imported, according to the Ministry of Health.

Most of the community cases were detected in southern localities, including 1,454 in Ho Chi Minh City, 966 in Can Tho province, and 705 in Binh Duong province. (Vietnam-COVID-19 tally) Enditem

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