India’s tally surpasses 17 mln, Philippine total cases breach 1 mln


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

NEW DELHI — India’s total tally reached 17,313,163 with a fresh high of 352,991 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said.

This was the fifth consecutive day when over 300,000 cases were registered in a single day.

According to the figures released by the health ministry, 2,812 deaths took place in the past 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 195,123.

There are still a total of 2,813,658 active cases in the country, with an increase of 130,907 through Sunday, as 14,304,382 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals across the country.

Residents wearing protective masks are seen as they line up for free goods from a community pantry in Manila, the Philippines on April 26, 2021. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

MANILA — The number of confirmed cases in the Philippines passed the milestone of 1 million on Monday as the infections continued to surge in the country.

The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported 8,929 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,006,428.

The death toll climbed to 16,853 after 70 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.

The 1 million mark comes just over three months after the Philippines surpassed 500,000 COVID-19 cases on January 17.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the government has added more ICU beds in hospitals in Metro Manila, the epicenter of the outbreak.

Volunteers wearing protective suits spray disinfectant in public area amid the COVID-19 outbreak as part of the commemoration of Kartini Day in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia, April 21, 2021. (Photo by Vivi Hutagalung/Xinhua)

JAKARTA — The total cases in Indonesia rose by 5,944 within one day to 1,647,138, with the death toll adding by 177 to 44,771, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

According to the ministry, 5,589 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 1,501,715.

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia reported 2,776 new infections, the health ministry said, bringing the national total to 395,718.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that three of the new cases are imported and 2,773 are local transmissions.

Another 13 more deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 1,449.

Some 1,803 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total number of cured and discharged to 369,556 or 93.4 percent of all cases.

BANGKOK — Thailand confirmed 2,048 new cases and eight fatalities, according to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangsan.

Some 2,038 of the new cases were domestic infections while 10 others were imported cases, Apisamai told a press conference.

Of these cases, 901 were in the capital Bangkok, the epicenter of the new wave of outbreak.

The cases brought the total caseload to 57,508, with 148 deaths so far, according to Apisamai.



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