COVID-19 cases rise in Asia-Pacific as India’s tally surpasses 3.6 mn

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HONG KONG: Asia-Pacific countries are still facing a growing pandemic of the COVID-19 as India reported over 70,000 daily cases for five consecutive days.

India’s tally rose to 3,621,245, as the death toll rose to 64,469, showed the latest data released by the health ministry.

As many as 78,512 new cases and 971 deaths were recorded over the past 24 hours across the country.

India will enter the Unlock 4 with effect from Tuesday. Fresh guidelines to be followed during Unlock 4 were issued on Saturday.

According to the new guidelines announced, schools will remain shut through September, though students of 9-12 grades have been allowed to approach their teachers at schools for guidance.

Metro Rail services would be allowed to start from September 7 in a phased manner, and public functions, or other congregations, would be allowed with a ceiling of 100 persons from September 21.

The number of confirmed cases in the Philippines surged to 220,819 after the country’s Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,446 new daily cases on Monday.

The DOH said that the number of recoveries surged to 157,562 after it reported 165 more patients have survived the disease.

The DOH added that 38 more patients have died from the disease, bringing the death toll to 3,558.

Five regions or provinces remain among the worst-hit places in the whole country, with Metro Manila at the top with daily confirmed cases reported on Monday at 1,900.

Indonesia reported 2,743 new cases, bringing the total number of the cases in the country to 174,796, with the death toll adding by 74 to 7,417, the country’s health ministry said on Monday.

According to the ministry, 1,774 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 125,959.

Bangladesh reported more than 2,100 new COVID-19 cases and 33 new deaths on Monday, making the tally at nearly 313,000 and total deaths at 4,281, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

According to the figure reported by the DGHS under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country reached 312,996 including 2,174 new cases on Monday.

South Korea reported 248 more cases as of 12:00 a.m. Monday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 19,947.

The number of confirmed cases for the past 18 days reached 5,177 owing to infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province.

The infections were traceable to church services of Sarang Jeil Church in Seoul and the massive rally held in central Seoul on Aug. 15 by conservative politicians, civic groups and church members.

Of the new cases, 91 were Seoul residents and 79 were people residing in Gyeonggi province.

Ten were imported, lifting the combined figure to 2,823.

One more death was confirmed, leaving the death toll at 324. The total fatality rate stood at 1.63 percent.

Myanmar reported 12 more locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on Monday morning, bringing the number of infections to 787 in total, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health and Sports.

According to the ministry, 11 newly confirmed cases are from Rakhine state while the other one is from Yangon region.

Myanmar has detected new local transmission again on Aug. 16 since its local case was lastly reported on July. 16.

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