Tue, 18 May 2021

TOKYO -- Japan on Monday tightened the entry rules on COVID-19 test certificates required to be submitted by all passengers upon arrival at Japanese airports.

Travelers who fail to meet required conditions will be denied entry into the country in principle. Japan had asked airlines to deny passengers' entry without negative COVID-19 testing results taken within 72 hours of departure since March. (Japan-Pandemic-Entry Rules)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia started phase 2 of its national immunization program against COVID-19 on Monday, expanding to other high risk groups following the vaccination of the country's frontliners.

The groups include those over the age of 60, those with comorbidities and persons with disabilities, Malaysia's Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told a press briefing. (Malaysia-COVID-19-Vaccination)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally surpassed the 15-million mark, reaching 15,061,919, on Monday, revealed the latest data by the federal health ministry.

There was an increase of 273,810 COVID-19 cases during the past 24 hours. This is the third consecutive day when the country witnessed a single day spike of over 250,000 new cases. (India-COVID-19 Tally)

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MANILA -- The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported on Monday 9,628 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 945,745.

The death toll climbed to 16,048 after 88 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. The Philippines, which has a population of about 110 million, has tested over 10 million people since the outbreak in January 2020. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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