Thu, 19 May 2022

CANBERRA -- The Australian government on Friday announced an additional investment of 1 billion Australian dollars (703 million U.S. dollars) in saving the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the funding over the next nine years is aimed at improving water quality, reef management and research. (Australia-Great Barrier Reef)

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore's Ministry of Manpower announced on Friday that the country's annual average unemployment rates showed significant declines in 2021, with gradual improvement in the unemployment situation throughout the year.

But these figures remained about 0.4 percentage points higher than pre-COVID levels, the ministry added in the Labor Market Advance Release 2021. (Singapore-Unemployment)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's daily number of COVID-19 cases hit a fresh record high amid the spread of the Omicron variant of the virus, the health authorities said on Friday.

According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), the country reported 16,096 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the past 24 hours, raising the total number of infections to 793,582. (South Korea-COVID-19)

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SUVA -- Samoa downgraded the COVID-19 alert level from Level 3 to Level 2 on Friday as no community transmissions were detected in the Pacific island nation.

According to the Samoa Observer newspaper, Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa said the downgrading of COVID-19 alert level was for the next two weeks and this change followed test results for those in managed isolation confirming there was no community transmission in the island nation. (Samoa-COVID-19)

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