Asia-Pacific Coronavirus News: India, Thailand report highest daily cases, Sri Lanka faces …

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

COLOMBO — Sri Lanka is facing a severe shortage of AstraZeneca vaccines due to a ban on vaccine exports imposed by the Indian government amid a rise in COVID-19 infections, local media reported.

JAKARTA  — The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 5,363 within one day to 1,594,722, with the death toll adding by 123 to 43,196, the Health Ministry said.MANILA  — The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported on  10,726 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 914,971.

The death toll climbed to 15,738 after 145 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.

SUVA  — More than 50,000 people in Fiji have received the AstraZeneca vaccine and the next batch of 24,000 more doses from the COVAX facility will arrive in the island nation next week.

According to a statement by Fiji’s Health Ministry, Fiji’s Minister for Health Ifereimi Waqainabete said the current vaccine supply has been exhausted.

— More than 500 people, mostly frontline workers and those vulnerable to the virus, have received the AstraZeneca vaccine in Tonga, a Pacific island nation with a population of more than 100,000.

NEW DELHI  — India reported yet another fresh high of 217,353 new COVID-19 cases, as the daily spike surpassed 200,000 for the second consecutive day, taking the total tally to 14,291,917, according to the data released by the federal health ministry.

The government has decided to import 50,000 metric tons (MT) of medical oxygen to augment its availability in the country, officials said.

India’s health ministry asked other ministries to issue instructions to the hospitals under their control or their public sector undertakings (PSUs) to set up exclusive dedicated hospital wards or separate blocks within the hospitals for COVID-19 care.

PHNOM PENH  — Cambodia confirmed 262 new COVID-19 cases and two more fatalities in the past 24 hours, the country’s Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a statement.BANGKOK  — Thailand reported 1,582 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number in a day since the pandemic began, rising for the third consecutive day, according to the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

The latest wave of infections in the Southeast Asian country brought the country’s total caseload to 39,038, with 97 fatalities.

WELLINGTON  — New Zealand reported one case of COVID-19 in managed isolation and no new cases in the community.KATHMANDU  — People aged between 20-39 have been most affected by the coronavirus in Nepal as nearly half of the total confirmed cases reported on Thursday belonged to this age group, Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population said.

SEOUL  — South Korea reported 673 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Thursday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 112,789. The daily caseload was down from 698 the previous day, but it stayed above 600 for three straight days.


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