Asia-Pacific Coronavirus News: Japan extends state of emergency to June 20, Thailand approves …

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

TOKYO — The Japanese government extended the state of emergency over COVID-19 in nine prefectures by three weeks to June 20 amid the slow declining pace of infections.

The nine prefectures are Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Aichi, Kyoto, Hyogo, Okayama, Hiroshima and Fukuoka. The emergency state was due to expire on Monday.

Okinawa, the 10th and the newest addition to the state of emergency, is already under restrictions until June 20.

Restrictions such as prohibiting restaurants from serving alcohol or offering karaoke services and requiring them to stop operation by 8:00 p.m. local time will stay in effect beyond the previous end date of May 31.

BANGKOK — Thailand announced that it has approved China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.

The announcement came as the Southeast Asian country continued to battle against its worst COVID-19 outbreak so far, which has seen its total caseload rising to 144,976 from less than 30,000 at the beginning of April when the latest outbreak started to spread from the capital Bangkok.

The country is expected to roll out a mass inoculation campaign next month and aims to vaccinate 70 percent of its nearly 70 million population by the end of this year.

NEW DELHI — India’s total tally reached 27,555,457, with 186,364 new cases added during the past 24 hours, said the federal health ministry.

This is said to be the lowest tally in over one and a half months.

Besides, as many as 3,660 deaths since Thursday morning took the death toll to 318,895.

There are still 2,343,152 active cases in the country with a decrease of 76,755 in the past 24 hours.

MANILA — The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported 8,748 new infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,209,154.

The death toll rose to 20,566 after 187 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.

The Philippines will tighten border control starting this weekend to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

All international flights bound for Mactan-Cebu International Airport in the central Philippines will be diverted to Manila from May 29 to June 5 to screen all incoming travelers.

JAKARTA — The death toll from the pandemic in Indonesia has surpassed 50,000, showed the official data.

The Health Ministry said on Friday that confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Southeast Asian country rose 5,862 in the past 24 hours to reach 1,803,361 in total, with the death toll adding by 193 to 50,100.

According to the ministry, 5,370 more recovered patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,654,557.

ISLAMABAD — The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) of Pakistan said Friday morning that 2,482 new confirmed cases were recorded during the last 24 hours in the country.

A statement from the NCOC, a Pakistani department that is leading its campaign against the pandemic, said that the number of overall cases rose to 913,784, including 834,566 recoveries.

There are 58,611 active cases who are under treatment across the country, including 4,132 patients in critical condition, the NCOC said, adding that the pandemic killed 67 people during the last 24 hours, increasing the overall death toll to 20,607.


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