The following are the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia-Pacific countries on Friday:
JAKARTA — The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 18,872 within one day to 2,072,867, with the death toll adding by 422 to 56,371, the Health Ministry said.
KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia reported another 5,812 new COVID-19 infections, the Health Ministry said, bringing the national total to 722,659.
Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that 32 of the new cases are imported and 5,780 are local transmissions.
PHNOM PENH — Cambodia’s death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 509 after 16 new fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a statement.
The Southeast Asian nation confirmed 699 new cases, pushing the national caseload to 46,065, the ministry said, adding that the new infections included 586 local cases and 113 imported cases.
NEW DELHI — An audit team set up by India’s Supreme Court during the peak of the second wave of COVID-19 last month has reported that the government of the national capital had sought medical oxygen several times what was actually needed.
India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 30,134,445, as 51,667 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours. The death toll swelled to 393,310 as 1,321 deaths were recorded since Thursday morning.
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan recorded 1,052 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said, as the country’s number of overall cases climbed to 952,907.
MANILA — The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported 6,812 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,385,053.
The death toll climbed to 24,152 after 116 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.
SYDNEY/CANBERRA — Australia’s biggest city of Sydney will enter a week-long lockdown from midnight Friday to 11:59 p.m. July 2 for some major areas as local health authorities are struggling to contain an outbreak caused by the highly infectious Delta variant.
Australian experts have accused the federal government of a narrow-minded approach to the coronavirus vaccine strategy.
Former secretary of the Department of Health Stephen Duckett said Australia’s troubled vaccine rollout was doomed from the start after the government limited itself to a narrow range of candidate vaccines.
WELLINGTON — The pause on quarantine free travel from Australia’s New South Wales to New Zealand will continue for a further 12 days, New Zealand COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said.
SUVA — Fiji recorded 215 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and another death, Permanent Secretary for Health James Fong said.
SEOUL — South Korea reported 634 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Thursday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 153,789.
The daily caseload was up from 610 in the prior day, staying above 600 for three days. The daily average caseload for the past week was 507.