Asia-Pacific Coronavirus News: India's tally reaches 28.9 mln, Philippines reports 6539 new cases

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

NEW DELHI — India’s total tally rose to 28,909,975 with 100,636 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, said the federal health ministry.

The single-day spike of confirmed cases is found to be the lowest in over two months. 

Besides, as many as 2,427 deaths since Sunday morning pushed the overall death toll to 349,186. This is the first time in the past 45 days when daily deaths due to the pandemic fell down to below the 2,500-mark.

There are still 1,401,609 active cases in the country, with a decrease of 76,190 in the past 24 hours.

MANILA — The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported 6,539 new infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,276,004.

The death toll climbed to 21,969 after 71 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.

On Monday, the Philippines kicked off vaccination for essential workers in Metro Manila and eight areas frequently experiencing case surges.

With the start of mass vaccination, the A4 priority category with workers in both public and private sectors will have an added layer of protection against the disease, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said in a statement.

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia reported 5,271 new confirmed cases, marking the lowest number of daily cases since May 18 and bringing the total tally to 622,086.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that 14 of the new cases were imported and 5,257 were locally transmitted.

An additional 82 deaths were recorded from the coronavirus epidemic in the Southeast Asian country, bringing the COVID-19 related death toll to 3,460.

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan confirmed 1,490 new positive cases on Sunday with a 3.02-percent positivity rate, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Monday.

The NCOC said in a statement that the country’s number of overall cases rose to 933,630, which include 864,931 recoveries since February of last year when the first case of its kind was reported in Pakistan.

There is a total of 47,376 active cases across the country.

According to the NCOC, the pandemic killed 58 people during the last 24 hours, increasing the overall death toll to 21,323.

KABUL — A total of 1,582 new cases were registered in Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, bringing the number of infections to 82,326 in the country, a statement of the Public Health Ministry released here Monday said.

According to the statement, 56 patients died from the disease over the same period, taking the number of COVID-19 related deaths to 3,251 since the outbreak of COVID-19 in February 2020 in Afghanistan.

A total of 376 patients have recovered over the past 24 hours, bringing the number of recoveries to 58,998, the statement added.


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