Thu, 24 Jun 2021

MANILA -- The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Tuesday its first two cases of the new COVID-19 variant first detected in India.

Alethea De Guzman of the DOH Epidemiology Bureau said the B.1.617 variant was detected from samples taken from two seafarers who arrived in the country from Oman on April 10 and the United Arab Emirates on April 19.(Philippines-COVID variant)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's intelligence agency chief left for Japan Tuesday morning to meet with his Japanese and U.S. counterparts, according to Yonhap news agency.

Park Ji-won, director of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), will reportedly hold a trilateral meeting in Japan with U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and Hiroaki Takizawa, director of Japan's cabinet intelligence.(South Korea-Japan-US-Meeting)

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MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the Southeast Asian country under a state of calamity for one year to address the impact from the outbreak of African swine fever, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Tuesday.

"The country will be under a state of calamity for a year unless lifted or extended as circumstances may warrant," Roque told a televised press conference.(Philippines-African swine fever)

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SYDNEY -- A survey conducted by two Australian universities found three-quarters or 73 percent of Australians would support a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for work, study, and travel.

The survey was conducted by the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Sydney University and unveiled on Monday. Researchers surveyed 1,200 people and found more people advocating for mandatory vaccination, compared to 66 percent who will take a COVID-19 vaccine voluntarily.(Australia-Survey-Vaccination)

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