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07 May 2021, 02:44 GMT+10

TOKYO -- The Japanese government has decided to extend the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency currently in effect for Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures until the end of the month as well as expand the coverage to include two prefecture, local media quoted senior officials as saying Thursday.

The officials said Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will also declare a state of emergency in Aichi and Fukuoka prefectures and confirm the extension of the current emergency periods on Friday.(Japan-Emergency)

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HONG KONG -- Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said on Thursday that as of April 30, a total of 2,394 jobs were provided under the Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme which was more than expected.

Lam made the remarks when delivering a speech at a youth forum. She said that Hong Kong has seen rapid development in fintech in recent years and young people can find plenty of opportunities in this area by relying on the mainland and combining advantages with Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.(Hong Kong-Youth employment scheme)

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HONG KONG -- Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said on Thursday that Hong Kong's uniqueness under "one country, two systems" makes it an ideal gateway for businesses and investment between the Chinese mainland and New Zealand.

Lam made the remarks when addressing more than 200 participants from the business community in New Zealand in a webinar organized by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Sydney.(Hong Kong-Gateway-New Zealand)

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ISLAMABAD -- The first batch of China's CanSino COVID-19 vaccines that the Pakistani government purchased in bulk has arrived in Pakistan, the CanSino Biologics Inc. said on Thursday.

Having arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday, the bulk vaccines will be packaged locally to support Pakistan's fight against COVID-19, the company told Xinhua.(Pakistan-China-Vaccine)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia will repatriate its nationals from parts of India due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Thursday.

He said the government decided to repatriate Malaysians as well as their dependents based in the northern and western parts of India by chartered flights.(Malaysia-India-Repatriation)

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