HONG KONG, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) — Asia-Pacific countries are still fighting COVID-19 pandemic as India reported 89,706 new cases and Indonesia recorded 3,307 new infections on Wednesday.
The number of COVID-19 cases in India rose by 89,706 during the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 4,370,128, and 1,115 deaths were recorded since Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 73,890, according to latest data released by the federal health ministry.
Still there are 897,394 active COVID-19 cases across the country, while 3,398,844 people have been cured and discharged till date.
Over the past couple of weeks, India has been focusing on ramping up testing capacity, as 51,804,677 samples had been tested till Tuesday, out of which 1,154,549 tests were conducted on Tuesday alone.
The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 3,307 within one day to 203,342, with the death toll adding by 106 to 8,336, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
According to the ministry, 2,242 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 145,200.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 245,143 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,176 new cases.
The DOH said that the number of recoveries also rose to 185,543 after 376 more patients recovered.
Meanwhile, 70 more patients died from the viral disease, bringing the death toll to 3,986.
South Korea reported 156 more cases of the COVID-19 as of 12:00 a.m. Wednesday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 21,588.
The daily caseload stayed below 200 for the past week, but it continued to grow in triple digits since Aug. 14.
Three more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 344. The total fatality rate stood at 1.59 percent.
The Tokyo metropolitan government reported a preliminary 149 new daily COVID-19 infections, marking the second straight day that cases have topped 100.
According to the metropolitan government’s latest figures, infections in the capital with a population of 14 million, however, have remained below the 200-mark for a sixth straight day.
Tokyo, the hardest hit by the virus outbreak among all of Japan’s 47 prefectures, now has a cumulative total of 22,168 COVID-19 cases, the metropolitan government said.
Malaysia reported 24 new COVID-19 infections, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday, bringing the national total to 9,583.
Meanwhile, seven patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total cured and discharged to 9,143, or 95.4 percent of all cases.
Of the remaining 312 active cases, seven are being held in intensive care and four of those are in need of assisted breathing.
New Zealand confirmed six new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, which were all community cases including children.
All six cases have epidemiological links to existing cases and link back to the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship group in Auckland, the country’s largest city, according to the Ministry of Health.
New Zealand’s total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is now 1,437.
Health authorities have begun collecting and testing samples in the Maldives to contain the spread of COVID-19, local media reported.
Health Emergency Operation Center Spokesperson Fathmath Nazla Rafeeq said random samples have so far been collected from islands with active cases, and efforts are underway to expand collection to other islands.
The Maldives currently has 2,549 active cases of COVID-19 in 25 inhabited islands and 23 resorts. A total of 6,157 people have recovered from the virus, while 29 have died.
Myanmar reported two more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday morning, bringing the death toll in the country to 12, according to a release from the Health and Sports Ministry.
According to the release, a 51-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman with underlying hypertension and diabetes died of heart failure and acute respiratory failure due to COVID-19 with severe pneumonia on Monday and Wednesday morning.
Ninety-eight more locally-transmitted cases were reported in the country, raising the total number to 1,807, the ministry’s figures showed.
Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) total COVID-19 infections surpassed the 500 mark on Tuesday, with six new confirmed cases, taking the overall number to 503, pandemic response authorities said.
Half of the new cases were from the capital of Port Moresby and surrounding area, with the rest scattered across three different provinces, while nationally the number of virus related deaths remained at five.
National Pandemic Response Controller David Manning said testing for COVID-19 across the country was still critically low, and urged people to wear masks in public and adhere to social distancing and hygiene measures. Enditem