A worker disinfects a fresh market in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 21, 2021. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

Asia-Pacific Coronavirus News: India’s tally reaches 30.31 mln, Indonesia reports over 20,000 new cases

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

Passengers take a metro rail train in New Delhi, India, June 7, 2021. (Str/Xinhua)

NEW DELHI — India’s total tally rose to 30,316,897 as 37,566 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours.

“India reports less than 40,000 daily new cases after 102 days,” said the federal health ministry in an official statement.

The death toll mounted to 397,637 as 907 deaths were recorded since Monday morning.

There are still 552,659 active cases in the country as there was a fall of 20,335 during the past 24 hours.

So far, 29,366,601 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals, with 56,994 of them discharged during the past 24 hours. 

A rose is seen on the grave of a COVID-19 victim at a public cemetery for COVID-19 victims in Jombang of South Tangerang, Indonesia, June 27, 2021. (Xinhua/Veri Sanovri)

JAKARTA — The confirmed cases in Indonesia rose by 20,467 in the past 24 hours to 2,156,465, with the death toll adding by 463 to 58,024, the health ministry said.

According to the ministry, 9,645 more recovered patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries from the coronavirus epidemic in the Southeast Asian country to 1,869,606.

Specifically, in the past 24 hours, Jakarta recorded 7,379 new confirmed cases, West Java 3,908, Central Java 2,932, East Java 1,065 and Yogyakarta 850. 

MANILA — The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported 4,479 new infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,408,058.

The death toll climbed to 24,557 after 101 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said, adding that 14 laboratories failed to submit data.

The spread of COVID-19 infections in Metro Manila has slowed, but the situation remains fragile, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to retain the lockdown measures in Metro Manila and its adjacent provinces until next month to curb the spread of the Delta and other more infectious variants.

BANGKOK — Thailand registered 4,662 new cases, down from the previous day’s figure of 5,406, according to the country’s Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

With nearly two weeks of average daily infections above 3,000, the Southeast Asian nation’s tally now stands at 254,515.

The country also reported 36 deaths, taking the death toll to 1,970.

More than 70,000 cases have been reported in Bangkok, where the worst outbreak of COVID-19 infections originated in April.

To fight the latest surge in infections, Thailand has reimposed its dine-in ban in Bangkok and neighboring provinces after lifting it one and half months ago.

KABUL — Afghanistan’s Public Health Ministry registered 1,501 new cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of patients infected with the disease to 118,659 in the country, said a statement of the ministry.

According to the ministry’s statement, the disease claimed 77 lives over the period, bringing the number of COVID-19 related deaths to 4,871 since the outbreak of the pandemic in February last year in Afghanistan.

A total of 811 patients recovered over the past 24 hours, according to the statement.

To contain the spread in the insurgency-plagued country, the government has closed down all state-run and private schools and universities since late May, calling on citizens to wear a face mask in crowded places, practice physical distancing and keep personnel hygiene.

PHNOM PENH — Cambodia confirmed 723 new cases, pushing the national caseload to 49,255, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a statement.

The new infections included 625 local cases and 98 imported cases, the ministry said.

Nineteen more fatalities had been reported, bringing the overall death toll to 575, the ministry said, adding that 709 patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 43,473.

SEOUL — South Korea reported 595 more cases, raising the total number of infections to 156,167.

Of the new cases, 201 were Seoul residents and 228 were people residing in Gyeonggi province.

Thirty-five cases were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 9,882.

Two more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 2,017.