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08 May 2021, 02:44 GMT+10

HONG KONG -- The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is the best dovetailing point for Hong Kong to integrate into the national development, Paul Chan, financial secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, said on Friday.

The Greater Bay Area offers significant room for Hong Kong's economic development, bringing huge opportunities to a wide range of industries, Chan said at two forums, stressing that Hong Kong and other cities in the area are complementary to each other. (Hong Kong-Greater Bay Area)

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TOKYO -- A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force minesweeper and a Japanese fishing boat collided off the coast of Saga Prefecture in southwestern Japan on Friday, local media reported.

According to Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) and Coast Guard officials, the incident took place at about 3:30 p.m. local time between the minesweeper Takashima and the fishing boat from Kumamoto Prefecture.

So far no injuries have been reported among the crew of the two vessels. (Japan-Boat Collision)

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NEW DELHI -- Indian government's top scientific adviser K. Vijay Raghavan said on Friday that the third wave of COVID-19 might not happen if strong measures are taken.

"If we take strong measures, the third wave may not happen in all the places or indeed anywhere at all. It depends much on how effectively the guidance is implemented at the local level, in the states, in districts and in the cities everywhere," he said.

Two days earlier Raghavan warned the country would face a third wave of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (India-COVID-19)

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JAKARTA -- The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia increased 6,327 in the past 24 hours to 1,703,632, with the death toll adding by 167 to 46,663, the Health Ministry said on Friday.

According to the ministry, 5,891 more patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries from the epidemic to 1,558,423.

The virus has spread to all the country's 34 provinces. (Indonesia-COVID-19 Cases)

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