Japan calls for developing world natural gas projects to be funded TOKYO. KAZINFORM - Japan on Friday called on international financial institutions to continue supporting natural gas projects in developing countries if they are deemed in each case to be the most effective means to reduce greenhouse emissions, Kyodo reports.
New COVID-19 cases remain in 1,600s as authorities set to relax virus curbs SEOUL. KAZINFORM - South Korea's daily new COVID-19 cases stayed in the 1,600s for the second consecutive day Saturday, as the government plans to relax social distancing rules, starting next week, ahead of a gradual return to normal life, Yonhap reports.
Japan to boost hospital capacity to treat more COVID patients TOKYO. KAZINFORM - Japan's government said Friday it will boost the country's medical system to allow 20 percent more COVID-19 patients to be admitted to hospitals compared with this summer's fifth wave of infections when many people were forced to recuperate at home, Kyodo reports.
Sydney to stop quarantine for vaccinated travelers from Nov. 1 SYDNEY. KAZINFORM Australian authorities announced Friday they would eliminate mandatory quarantine for fully vaccinated travelers arriving in Sydney from Nov. 1, when they expect to have fully vaccinated 80 percent of its population against Covid-19.
Hungary in talks with Russia on technology transfer to produce Sputnik V vaccine MOSCOW. KAZINFORM - Hungary and Russia are in talks on technology transfer for the production of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine at the plant in Debrecen, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto announced on Thursday, TASS reports.
Brazil surpasses 100 mln people with vaccine cycle complete BRASILIA. KAZINFORM - Brazil has surpasses the threshold of 100 million people with the vaccine cycle against COVID-19 complete—i. e. people who have received both doses of the inoculation offered in Brazil or Janssen’s single dose, Agencia Brasil reports.
Japan PM Kishida dissolves lower house for Oct. 31 election TOKYO. KAZINFORM - Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dissolved the House of Representatives on Thursday for an Oct. 31 general election that he said will set a course for the country's future as he seeks a public mandate for his government launched just last week, Kyodo reports.
S. Korea: New cases near 2,000 amid rising vaccination rate SEOUL. KAZINFORM - South Korea's daily new COVID-19 cases neared the 2,000s on Thursday, but the daily caseload dropped from a week ago as the country ramped up its vaccination rate in a move to prepare for a gradual return to normal life, Yonhap reports.
Rio celebrates 90 years since Christ the Redeemer was built RIO DE JANEIRO. KAZINFORM - Elected as one of the seven wonders of the modern world, Christ the Redeemer is celebrating 90 years as Brazil’s most famous landmark. In 1926, the construction of the 38 meter high monument began, atop the Corcovado mountain, 710 meters above sea level. It took five years to be finished and was inaugurated on October 12, 1931, Agencia Brasil reports.
Spike in extreme poverty inevitable due to insufficient COVID-19 aid in Africa NAIROBI. KAZINFORM Most households in Africa received no support despite many African governments introducing measures such as cash transfers and food assistance programs to combat rising poverty and hunger brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a global rights group said on Tuesday.