Thu, 17 Jun 2021

JAKARTA -- The CoronaVac vaccine developed by the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech has effectively reduced the risk of COVID-19 symptoms in medical workers by 94 percent, showed a study by the Indonesian Health Ministry.

The research team's head Pandji Dhewantara said on Wednesday that the study conducted from Jan. 13 to March 18 this year involved 128,290 medical workers who were not infected with COVID-19. (Indonesia-China-Vaccine)

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TOKYO -- The number of patients designated as having severe symptoms as a result of COVID-19 reached a fresh record high of 1,189 on Wednesday, rising by 13 compared to the previous day's record, the health ministry said.

The latest data regarding critically ill patients who typically require hospitalization and the assistance of ventilators or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machines have more than tripled over the past month, the ministry said recently.(Japan-COVID-19-Symptoms)

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KABUL -- Taliban militants fighting the Afghan government's security forces have overrun a key district in Wardak province, 35 km west of the national capital Kabul, local media reported Wednesday citing the provincial governor.

"The Taliban captured Nirkh district of Wardak province following a collusion on Tuesday. The security forces made a tactical retreat from the district, in the west of provincial capital Maidan Shar," Ariana News TV quoted provincial governor Abdul Rahman Tariq as saying.(Afghanistan-Taliban-Seizure)

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SEOUL -- Foreign fund flowed into the South Korean stock market last month for the first time in five months, central bank data showed Wednesday.

Foreign capital inflow into the local stock market amounted to 590 million U.S. dollars in April, the first inflow since November last year, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK). (South Korea-Foreign Fund)

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