A boy takes nucleic acid test for COVID-19 in Bang Khae district in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 15, 2021. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

Asia-Pacific Coronavirus News: India once again registers over 100,000 new cases in 24 hrs, Philippines logs 6,414 new cases

The following are the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia-Pacific countries on Wednesday:

BANGKOK — Thailand reported 334 new COVID-19 cases amid a rise in cluster infections, the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said.

Thailand’s Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob confirmed on Wednesday he has tested positive for the coronavirus and been admitted at a hospital in his home province of Buriram.

Thailand has so far confirmed a total of 29,905 cases of infection, of which 28,069 patients have fully recovered and been released from hospitals while 1,741 others are currently hospitalized and 95 fatalities have been reported.

MANILA — The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported 6,414 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 819,164.

The death toll climbed to 14,059 after 242 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reminded the public that the decrease in the number of cases must not be interpreted as a downward trend, saying there were testing laboratories that did not operate and submit data last week due to the holiday.

World Health Organization Regional Director for the Western Pacific Takeshi Kasai on Wednesday expressed concern about the surging COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, warning that the increasing trend “is moving towards the red line.”

KATHMANDU — Nepal started administering the COVID-19 vaccines donated by China amid resurging COVID-19 cases.

According to the Ministry of Health and Population, the Chinese vaccines are being administered from 23 hospitals located at seven districts including Kathmandu, most of them are in the country’s capital and its adjacent areas.

Nepal reported 260 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. The number of COVID-19 cases went down below 50 per day early in March.

NEW DELHI — A total of 115,736 new COVID-19 cases were registered in the past 24 hours in India, said official data released by the federal health ministry.

The latest single-day spike, highest so far, took the total tally in the country to 12,801,785.

This is the second time within this week when more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in India. Earlier, 103,558 new cases were reported on Monday.

Besides, as many as 630 deaths took place due to the pandemic since Tuesday morning, taking the total death toll to 166,177, revealed the ministry’s data.

SEOUL — South Korea reported 668 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Tuesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising its total number of coronavirus infections to 106,898.

The daily caseload was up from 478 in the previous day, recording the highest in 48 days since Feb. 18.

Four more deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 1,756. The total fatality rate stood at 1.64 percent.