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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- Brunei Darussalam Central Bank (BDCB) announced on Friday that it will be issuing commemorative coins in gold, silver and cupronickel in conjunction with the official naming of the Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Bridge, the longest sea-crossing bridge in Southeast Asia.

The bridge reduces traveling time between Brunei's capital and its Temburong district from two hours to about 15 minutes by bypassing Malaysia's Limbang. (Brunei-Commemorative Coins)

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COLOMBO -- At least 5.7 million Sri Lankans, or 26 percent of the country's population, need humanitarian aid, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Friday, warning an ongoing economic crisis in Sri Lanka was likely to deepen the situation.

The OCHA said in a statement that without immediate humanitarian assistance and upstream interventions to address the fragility of systems, services and facilities, this number will multiply and the consequences will deepen in the South Asian country. (Sri Lanka-Humanitarian Aid)

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a loan agreement worth 100 million U.S. dollars on Friday to strengthen the healthcare system in the country's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.

The loan would help improve the delivery of health services at secondary hospitals in the province by modernizing infrastructure and equipment, ensuring clinical protocols, as well as improving human resources planning and medicine supply chain management, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said in a statement. (Pakistan-ADB-Loan)

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SYDNEY -- Two complementary nationwide surveys showed at least two-thirds of Australians have been infected by COVID-19, including children and adolescents.

The national paediatric serosurvey, led by the Paediatric Active Enhanced Diseases Surveillance (PAEDS) network and the National Center for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), tested two types of antibodies in the blood samples of children aged 0-19, collected between June and August 2022. (Australia-COVID-19) Enditem

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