Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, June 6

SYDNEY– A new report from Australia’s peak competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, has shown that Australians have lost more than double to scams in the first four months of 2022 than the previous year. HANOI– Vietnam spent more than 5.4 billion U.S. dollars importing over 5.1 million tons of steel and iron in the first five…

SYDNEY — A new report from Australia’s peak competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has shown that Australians have lost more than double to scams in the first four months of 2022 than the previous year.

The report, based on data from Scamwatch run under the ACCC and released on Monday, showed that Australians had reported losing over 205 million Australian dollars (about 147 million U.S. dollars) to scams between Jan. 1 and May 1, 2022, a 166 percent increase from the first four months of 2021. (Australia-Financial Scam)

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ISLAMABAD — Pakistan reported 59 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total tally to 1,530,764, the country’s ministry of health said on Monday.

A total of 30,379 people died from COVID-19 in Pakistan, with no more death on Sunday, according to the ministry’s data. (Pakistan-COVID-19-Update)

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HANOI — Vietnam spent more than 5.4 billion U.S. dollars importing over 5.1 million tons of steel and iron in the first five months of this year, up 17.1 percent in value and down 14.3 percent in volume year on year, data from the Vietnam Steel Association showed on Monday.

In May alone, the Southeast Asian country imported about 1.1 million tons of steel and iron products worth approximately 1.3 billion dollars, up 20.6 percent in volume and 38.2 percent in value year on year, according to the association.

Its largest suppliers of steel and iron included China, Japan, South Korea and India, said the General Department of Vietnam Customs. (Vietnam-Steel-Import) Enditem

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