Wed, 12 May 2021

NEW DELHI -- A total of 259,170 new COVID-19 cases were reported in India in the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 15,321,089, according to the data released by the health ministry on Tuesday.

Besides, 1,761 more deaths were recorded, bringing the death toll to 180,530. (India-COVID-19-Tally)

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TOKYO -- Japan's western prefecture of Osaka on Tuesday will request that the central government declare a state of emergency for the region owing to surging COVID-19 cases and the ensuing considerable strain on health care facilities, local authorities said.

The Osaka prefectural government will formalize their decision to request the emergency virus period, the third for the hard-hit prefecture, at a task force meeting to be held in the afternoon on Tuesday, the authorities said. (Japan-Osaka-COVID-19-State of emergency)

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CANBERRA -- Australians over the age of 50 could receive coronavirus vaccines earlier than planned under a new rollout timetable.

The National Cabinet, which is made up of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and state and territory leaders, on Monday evening announced a plan to bring the vaccination timetable for over 50s forward. (Australia-COVID-19-Vaccine)

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JAKARTA -- A 6.4-magnitude earthquake jolted North Sumatra province in western Indonesia early Tuesday with no preliminary reports of damages or casualties, officials said here.

The earthquake did not potentially trigger a tsunami, the meteorology and geophysics agency said. (Indonesia-Earthquake)

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KABUL -- Six armed militants were killed and 28 people were freed from a Taliban detention center after the Afghan army launched a special operation in the restive southern province of Helmand on Monday night, the military confirmed Tuesday.

"The commandos of Afghan National Army launched the raid in surrounding areas of Helmand's Musa Qala district. A gunfight took place when the troops arrived at the targeted facility, and six armed militants were killed," the Ministry of Defense said in a statement. (Afghanistan-Free Taliban detainee)

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