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Why the surging COVID-19 cases in APAC is worrying authorities

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Governments throughout the Asia-Pacific region are scrambling to impose further restrictions as new Covid-19 cases surge in record numbers.

Malaysia has reported almost 8,000 new infections over the past 24 hours, whilst Thailand recorded 47 deaths.

Melbourne, Australia enters its fourth lockdown, businesses left ‘devastated’

It comes as Australia’s second-biggest state, Victoria enters its first day of a seven-day snap lockdown to curb the spread of the highly infectious Indian variant.

Although, COVID-19 cases in Australia’s Victoria have fallen on first day of lockdown.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia is in its fourth lockdown.

The state recorded four new cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 30 with over 47,000 Covid-19 swab tests processed.

The lockdown is due to remain in place until 11.59pm June 3.

However, Acting Premier James Merlino said the government was still open to ending the lockdown earlier if possible, saying, “If we can end it sooner, we will”.

Mr. Merlino says the Government is right now working through a plan to support businesses after many have now been ordered to shut.

The Australian federal government has also come under intense scrutiny for failing to deliver on vaccine rollout targets.

The country has delivered at least the first dose of a Covid vaccine to just 13 per cent of the population.

Countries including the UK and the US have now administered the first dose to over half of their citizens and residents.

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Russia defaults on foreign debt for the first time in a century

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Russia has failed to pay out its overseas debt for the first time in over 100 years

The country missed its Sunday deadline due to challenges in transferring the payments to international creditors.

Moscow has the funds to make the 100 million dollar payment but sanctions have complicated the process.

The country is unhappy with the situation with the finance minister calling the situation “a farce”.

The last time that Russia defaulted on its foreign debt was in 1918 when leader Vladimir Lenin did not pay out debts on behalf of the Russian Empire.

Russia has been hit with sanctions by a number of countries in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

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Over 20 young people mysteriously die at nightclub

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Authorities in South Africa are investigating the deaths of 22 people, who were mysteriously found in a nightclub

Victims were found spread across the tables and floors in a coastal town.

They have been taken for testing, as authorities scramble to find a cause of death.

South Africa’s President is sending his “deepest condolences” to families of the victims, most of whom are teenagers.

The tragedy has taken place during Youth Month, where South Africa pushes for more opportunities to help young people from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

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Deadly stadium collapse at bullfighting event in Columbia

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At least four people have died, and 500 injured at a bullfighting stadium in Columbia

Videos show a stand collapsing during the event, as emergency workers race to help.

Local media reports that hospitals have begun helping those who were injured.

The nation’s newly-elected President is calling for an end to bullfighting, tweeting that tragedies like this have already happened in the past.

He is urging local authorities to not allow more shows that involve the death of people or animals.

Investigations continue into the cause of the collapse.

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