A woman wearing a face mask walks in front of a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, May 6, 2021. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

Asia-Pacific Coronavirus News: India records around 330,000 new COVID-19 infections, Thailand reports 1,919 new cases

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

BANGKOK — Thailand on Tuesday reported 1,919 new cases of COVID-19 and 31 new fatalities, according to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesperson Taweesin Visanuyothin.

The infections brought the total number of confirmed cases to 86,924 in the Southeast Asian country, with more than 50,000 of them detected since the third wave of COVID-19 started in early April.

The additional 31 deaths from the pandemic reported Tuesday took the death toll to 452, according to Taweesin.

SUVA — Fiji reported on Tuesday night 12 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 to 152 in the island nation.

According to the Health Ministry, the new cases were all related to the woman who tested positive for COVID-19 in the capital city of Suva on Monday.

Fiji has reported 101 recoveries and three deaths from the coronavirus epidemic since the island nation recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in March last year.

MANILA — The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Tuesday its first two cases of the new COVID-19 variant first detected in India.

Alethea De Guzman of the DOH Epidemiology Bureau said the B.1.617 variant was detected from samples taken from two seafarers who arrived in the country from Oman on April 10 and the United Arab Emirates on April 19.

The DOH also reported on Tuesday 4,734 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,113,547.

The death toll climbed to 18,620 after 59 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.

MALE — The Maldives has recorded 1,204 new cases of COVID-19, raising the total number of cases to 37,019, local media citing the Health Protection Agency (HPA) reported Tuesday.

The total number of active cases stood at 10,376, and 244 remained hospitalized.

A worker sanitizes a train carriage converted into an isolation ward for COVID-19 patients at the Rail Station in Agartala, the capital city of India’s northeastern state of Tripura, May 10, 2021. (Str/Xinhua)

NEW DELHI– India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 22,992,517 on Tuesday after 329,942 new cases were registered in the past 24 hours, while active cases fell for the first time in a few weeks, said the federal health ministry.

Meanwhile, 3,876 COVID-19-related deaths took place since Monday morning, taking the total death toll to 249,992.

There are still 3,715,221 active cases in the country, down 30,016 from the previous day. A total of 19,027,304 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals so far across the country.

SEOUL — South Korea reported 511 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Monday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 128,283.

The daily caseload was up from 463 the previous day, but it stayed relatively low due to the effect of fewer virus tests. The daily average number of confirmed cases for the past week stood at 573.

Four more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 1,879. The total fatality rate stood at 1.46 percent.