Confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Asia-Pacific as India records 86,508 new cases
Asia-Pacific countries, home to nearly 60 percent of the world's population, are still facing a growing outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday as India has recorded over 5.7 million confirmed cases in total.
The number of confirmed cases in India rose to 5,732,518, India's federal health ministry said.
During the past 24 hours, 86,508 new cases were reported from across the country. Besides this 1,129 deaths were also recorded, taking the death toll to 91,149.
The number of confirmed cases in the Philippines surged to 296,755 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,180 new cases.
The DOH said that the number of recoveries also rose to 231,928 after 580 more patients have survived the disease.
The DOH added that 36 more patients have succumbed to the viral disease, bringing the death toll to 5,127.
The total cases in Indonesia rose by 4,634 within one day to 262,022, with the death toll adding by 128 to 10,105, the Health Ministry said.
According to the ministry, 3,895 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 191,853.
Malaysia reported 71 new infections, the health ministry said, bringing the national total to 10,576.
Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that two of the new cases are imported and 69 are local transmissions, most from Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah.
Another 64 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total cured and discharged cases to 9,666, or 91.4 percent of all cases.
No new deaths have been reported, leaving the total deaths at 133.
South Korea reported 125 more cases as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 23,341.
Of the new cases, 39 were Seoul residents and 43 were people residing in Gyeonggi province.
Fifteen were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 3,129.
Five more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 393. The total fatality rate stood at 1.68 percent.