Asia-Pacific Coronavirus News: India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 2.3 mln, New Zealand’s largest city resumes strict lockdown

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

NEW DELHI — The total number of COVID-19 cases in India rose to 2,329,638 as the deaths crossed the 46,000 mark, reaching 46,091, said the data released by the federal health ministry.

Over the past 24 hours, as many as 60,963 new cases were recorded across the country, while 834 deaths due to the virus were registered.

There are a total of 643,948 active cases in India presently, and 1,639,599 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

WELLINGTON — New Zealand reported one new case of COVID-19 in managed isolation and quarantine facilities, with four more probable cases in the community related to Tuesday’s four cases, according to the Ministry of Health.

There have been 1,225 confirmed cases to date, it said, adding there are currently 22 active cases, with five people having recovered over the past 24 hours.

New Zealand’s largest city Auckland resumed COVID-19 Alert Level 3 on Wednesday for three days, with the rest of the country going to Level 2 after four cases of community transmission were confirmed on Tuesday.

SEOUL — South Korea reported 54 more cases of the COVID-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 14,714.

The daily caseload stayed above 50 for 17 days since July 26 due to the continued small cluster infections and imported cases.

No more death was reported, leaving the death toll at 305. The total fatality rate stood at 2.07 percent.

SYDNEY — The Australian state of Victoria recorded another 21 deaths and 410 new COVID-19 infections, again breaking the record for the country’s deadliest day.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said all those who died were in their 70s or older, and 16 of the deaths were linked to the state’s aged care system.

The total number of active cases in Victoria stood at 7,877, with 2,961 not linked to any known source.