Wed, 12 May 2021

MANILA -- The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported on Friday 10,726 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 914,971.

The death toll climbed to 15,738 after 145 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG -- Anti-China disruptor Jimmy Lai was sentenced by a Hong Kong court to one year in prison on Friday over illegal assembly in August 2019.

Lai and some other instigators of Hong Kong riots were convicted earlier by the local court for organizing and participating in an unauthorized assembly on Aug. 18, 2019, in Hong Kong. (Hong Kong-Jimmy Lai-Sentence)

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BANGKOK -- Thailand reported 1,582 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest number in a day since the pandemic began, rising for the third consecutive day, according to the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

The latest wave of infections in the Southeast Asian country brought the country's total caseload to 39,038, with 97 fatalities. (Thailand-COVID-19)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia on Friday confirmed 262 new COVID-19 cases and two more fatalities in the past 24 hours, the country's Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a statement.

Of the new cases, 232 were found in capital Phnom Penh, 12 in Preah Sihanouk province, four in Kandal province, two each in Kampong Cham, Prey Veng, Pursat, Siem Reap and Takeo provinces, and one each in Kampong Speu, Kampong Thom, Svay Rieng and Tboung Khmum provinces, the statement said. (Cambodia-COVID-19)

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