India sees COVID-19 surge with over 53,000 new cases, S. Korea’s parliament passes 13-bln-USD extra budget

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HONG KONG, March 25 (Xinhua) — India has seen a COVID-19 surge with 53,476 new cases on Thursday, the highest number this year, as some Asia-Pacific countries have witnessed the second wave of coronavirus outbreak.

India’s tally reached 11,787,534, according to the latest figures released by the federal health ministry, and 251 more deaths since Wednesday morning took the death toll to 160,692.

South Korea’s parliament passed 14.9 trillion won (13.1 billion U.S. dollars) worth of extra budget bill to tackle the economic fallout from the pandemic as the country reported 430 more daily cases, raising the total number of infections to 100,276.

Seven more U.S. soldiers in South Korea tested positive for COVID-19, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said.

The confirmed cases in Indonesia increased by 6,107 in the past 24 hours to 1,482,559, with the death toll adding by 98 to 40,081, its Health Ministry said.

Bangladesh recorded a total of 3,587 new cases and 34 more deaths were reported in a day, making the tally of cases at 584,395 and death toll at 8,797, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The Sri Lankan government said the country will receive AstraZeneca vaccine doses from India as scheduled despite the temporary halt imposed by India on the vaccine export.

Lao Ministry of Health urged authorities and people countrywide to continue their efforts in implementing preventive measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Cambodia reported 55 more local cases, raising the total number of infected people linked to the third community transmission to 1,348, said a Ministry of Health (MoH) statement.

Thailand confirmed 97 cases of coronavirus infections, mostly in Bangkok, according to a report of the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Of these new cases, 92 were domestic infections and five others referred to imported cases, the CCSA report said.

The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported 8,773 new COVID-19 infections, the highest ever daily tally since the outbreak began in January last year, raising the nationwide tally to 693,048.

Australia’s state of Victoria will resume taking international arrivals from April 8, nearly six weeks after the state banned international flights due to infection in a quarantine hotel that triggered a five-day lockdown.

The Nepali government will prohibit the celebration of the Holi festival in public places the second year in a row amid the resurging of COVID-19 cases, Nepali government officials said.

New Zealand government has confirmed strict criteria for early vaccinations for people who need to travel outside of New Zealand on compassionate grounds or for reasons of national significance, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced. The country reported six more cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation and no new community cases. Enditem

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