HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Friday strongly deplored and opposed the statement issued by the U.S. consulate general in Hong Kong, which incorrectly and inappropriately commented that the national security law in HKSAR would affect the freedom of speech of Hong Kong residents.
"Safeguarding national security through legislation is in line with international practice. Every country has laws and a duty to safeguard its national security and sovereignty," said a government spokesman, adding that the law only targets four types of acts and activities that endanger national security, and the vast majority of Hong Kong residents who are law-abiding, including overseas investors, are entirely not affected.(Hong Kong-National security law)
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HANOI -- Vietnam reported 37 new cases of COVID-19 infection on Friday, bringing the total confirmed cases to 784, with 10 deaths from the disease so far, according to the country's Ministry of Health.
Two patients have recently entered Vietnam from abroad and being quarantined upon arrival, while the rest were recorded domestically in eight localities including central Da Nang city, Hanoi capital city, northern Hai Duong province, Ho Chi Minh City and central Thanh Hoa province, according to the ministry.(Vietnam-COVID-19)
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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- Brunei reported one new case of COVID-19 on Friday, breaking the 92-day record without new cases since May 7 and bringing the national tally to 142.
According to Brunei's Ministry of Health, Case 142 is a 24-years-old local male who studied in Yemen and returned to Brunei on Aug. 5 from Kuala Lumpur. Although reportedly suffered from shortness of breath on Aug. 6, he is currently in a stable condition without any signs of infection and is being treated at the National Isolation Center.(Brunei-COVID-19)
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KATHMANDU -- Nepali government reported the highest COVID-19 cases in more than a month on Friday, as the number of cases in the Himalayan country, by an increase of 464, crossed the 22,000-mark.
The government also reported five new deaths, which is a record high daily fatality, tallying the same number of deaths reported on Thursday. A total of 70 people have so far died from the pandemic in Nepal, according to Nepal's Ministry of Health and Population.(Nepal-COVID-19)
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TOKYO -- Japan confirmed a record 1,595 daily number of COVID-19 infections on Friday, as the virus' resurgence continues to spread in urban areas including the capital and its surrounding areas, as well as Osaka Prefecture.
Japan's cumulative total of COVID-19 cases has reached 45,888 as infections continue to spread, with Osaka reporting 255 new cases of the novel coronavirus, breaking its record for new daily cases for a second straight day to total 5,396 infections.(Japan-COVID-19)