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Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi inspects and watches the vaccination processes to health workers at a hospital Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Health workers in Myanmar on Wednesday became the country's first people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, just five days after the first vaccine supply was delivered from India. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Asia Today: South Korea adds 559 cases, highest in 10 days

Jan. 27, 2021 8:58 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 599 new coronavirus cases, the highest in 10 days, as health workers scramble to slow infections at religious facilities, which have been a major source throughout the pandemic. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said 112 of the new cases came...

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi inspects and watches the vaccination processes to health workers at a hospital Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Health workers in Myanmar on Wednesday became the country's first people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, just five days after the first vaccine supply was delivered from India. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Myanmar health workers receive first COVID-19 vaccinations

Jan. 27, 2021 5:30 AM EST

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Health workers in Myanmar on Wednesday became the first people in the Southeast Asian country to be vaccinated against COVID-19, five days after the first vaccines were delivered from India. State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s leader, announced last week that...

Police officers and workers in protective suits close off a neighborhood as it is placed under lockdown in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Shanghai has imposed lockdowns on two of China's best-known hospitals and some surrounding residential communities after they were linked to new coronavirus cases. (Chinatopix via AP)

Asia Today: Shanghai outbreak prompts 2 hospital lockdowns

Jan. 22, 2021 8:46 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Shanghai has imposed lockdowns on two of China's best-known hospitals after they were linked to new coronavirus cases. Outpatient services have been suspended at Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center and Renji Hospital. They have been cordoned off, along with some surrounding residential...

A Rohingya refugee sits by the charred remains after a fire broke out in Nayapara Camp in Cox's Bazar district, Bangladesh, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. A fire raced through a sprawling Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh on Thursday, destroying hundreds of homes, officials said. No casualties were reported. The UNHCR said more than 550 homes sheltering about 3,500 people as well as 150 shops were either totally or partially destroyed in the fire. (AP Photo/Mohammed Faisal)

Fire destroys hundreds of homes in Rohingya refugee camp

Jan. 14, 2021 11:05 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire raced through a sprawling Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh on Thursday, destroying hundreds of homes, officials said. No casualties were reported. The UNHCR said more than 550 homes sheltering about 3,500 people as well as 150 shops were either totally or...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 file photo released by Tasnim News Agency, a seized South Korean-flagged tanker is escorted by Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats on the Persian Gulf. Iranian state television acknowledged that Tehran seized the oil tanker, MT Hankuk Chemi, in the Strait of Hormuz. A South Korean diplomatic delegation arrived in Iran on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, to negotiate the release of the vessel seized amid an escalating financial dispute between the countries, Iranian state-run media reported. (Tasnim News Agency via AP, File)

South Korean diplomat in Iran over seized ship, frozen funds

Jan. 10, 2021 9:28 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A South Korean diplomatic delegation arrived in Iran on Sunday to negotiate the release of a vessel and its crew seized by Iranian forces amid an escalating financial dispute between the countries, Iranian state-run media reported. The South Korean-flagged tanker seizure by Iran's...

Migrant workers watch as other migrant workers and their families are carried in trucks to a field hospital for COVID-19 patents in Samut Sakhon, South of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. For much of 2020, Thailand had the coronavirus under control. After a strict nationwide lockdown in April and May, the number of new local infections dropped to zero, where they remained for the next six months. However, a new outbreak discovered in mid-December threatens to put Thailand back where it was in the toughest days of early 2020 (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thailand scrambles to contain outbreak, secure vaccines

Jan. 6, 2021 12:24 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — For much of 2020, Thailand had the coronavirus under control. After a strict nationwide lockdown in April and May, the number of new local infections dropped to zero, where they remained for the next six months. Thailand closed its borders, enforcing mandatory quarantines for its own...

People pose for pictures with decorations made for New Year countdown celebrations outside a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. Thailand ordered to scaled down gathering for New Year celebrations after reporting more than 155 new coronavirus infections and its first fatality since November on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thailand imposes new restrictions amid coronavirus outbreak

Dec. 29, 2020 7:24 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Officials in the Thai capital have announced new restrictions, including the closure of some entertainment facilities during the New Year's holiday, as infections continued to rise following a recent coronavirus outbreak. After months of seeming to have the COVID-19 situation under control,...

Rohingya refugees travel in a naval ship to be transported to an isolated island in the Bay of Bengal, in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. Officials in Bangladesh sent a second group of Rohingya refugees to the island on Monday despite calls by human rights groups for a halt to the process. The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that more than 1,500 Rohingya refugees left Cox’s Bazar voluntarily under government management. Authorities say the refugees were selected for relocation based on their willingness, and that no pressure was applied on them. But several human rights and activist groups say some refugees have been forced to go to the island, located 21 miles (34 kilometers) from the mainland. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

Bangladesh navy ships take 1,804 Rohingya to isolated island

Dec. 29, 2020 6:01 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Seven Bangladesh navy ships carrying 1,804 Rohingya refugees arrived Tuesday at an isolated island where they will be relocated despite concerns among human rights groups about their safety. They reached Bhashan Char island, 21 miles (34 kilometers) from the mainland, after a...

An aerial view of huts at a refugee camp from where Rohingya refugees were moved to an island called 'Bhasan Char'  in Balukhali, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. Officials in Bangladesh sent a second group of Rohingya refugees to an isolated island in the Bay of Bengal on Monday, despite calls by human rights groups for a halt to the process. More than 30 buses carrying about 1,500 refugees left their camps in Cox’s Bazar district on the way to the island, a government official involved with the process said. (AP Photo/Shafiqur Rahman)

Bangladesh sends 2nd group of Rohingya to isolated island

Dec. 28, 2020 9:12 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Officials in Bangladesh sent a second group of Rohingya refugees to an isolated island in the Bay of Bengal on Monday despite calls by human rights groups for a halt to the process. More than 30 buses carrying about 1,500 refugees left their camps in Cox’s Bazar district on...

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2020, file photo, a guard with a face-shield stands near a shrimp market in Samut Sakhon, south of Bangkok. Thailand, which has kept the coronavirus largely in check for most of the year, is facing a challenge from a large outbreak of the virus among migrant workers in the province close to Bangkok.(AP Photo/ Jerry Harmer, File)

Thailand confident coronavirus outbreak is controllable

Dec. 24, 2020 6:09 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s government is confident it can contain a major coronavirus resurgence without a national lockdown, instead relying on provincial controls as the outbreak mainly among migrant seafood workers continued to spread. “I can assure that the government will do its...