Asia-Pacific countries report more COVID-19 cases with Thailand reports 111 new cases in a single day

Thursday, 2020-03-26 21:50:21
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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Asia-Pacific region kept increasing on Thursday (March 26) as Thailand reported 111 new cases of the virus in a single day.

THAILAND
Thailand reported another 111 cases of COVID-19 infection cases, bringing the total number to 1,045, said an official.

According to Anupong Suchariyakul, a physician attached to the Disease Control Department, the number breached 1,000 on Thursday. Of the total mount of 1,045 cases, 953 are currently treated at hospitals in Bangkok and various provinces, including four patients in critical condition, while 88 others have fully recovered and been discharged and four fatalities have been reported.

THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA

ROK reported 104 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of midnight Thursday local time, raising the total number of infections to 9,241.

The newly confirmed cases stayed above 100 for the second straight day amid the growing imported infections. Of the new cases, 57 were imported from abroad, topping 50 for two days in a row.

Five more deaths were confirmed, lifting the death toll to 131. The total fatality rate came in at 1.42 percent.

A total of 414 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 4,144.

JAPAN

Japan's health ministry and local governments said that 47 new COVID-19 infections were confirmed in Tokyo, marking a new record in daily infections in the capital, bringing the total number of people infected in Japan to 1,373 as of 6:30 p.m. local time here.

The death toll in Japan from the virus currently stands at a total of 56 people, according to the health ministry, with the figure including those from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama, close to Tokyo.

Of the 1,373 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan, the majority are still in Japan's capital city of Tokyo, which has confirmed 259 cases.

INDIA

The death toll due to COVID-19 in India on Thursday morning rose to 13, the federal health ministry said, with 649 confirmed cases reported so far.

"Death toll related to novel coronavirus has reached 13," said the ministry at 10:15 a.m. (local time).

"The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across India is 649," the ministry said. "Of these, 602 cases are Indian nationals and 47 foreign nationals."

According to the ministry, 43 people have been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement and the number of active cases in the country right now is 593.

PHILIPPINES

The Philippines reported 71 more people, including a senator, who had tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of the cases to 707.

Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque said 45 people had died from the virus, while 28 patients had recovered.

"Cases are expected to rise in the coming days due to our capacity to make more tests," Duque said, adding that it is better to confirm those who are positive so that they can be isolated and given proper medical care.

AUSTRALIA

Australia's COVID-19 death toll has increased from eight to 12 in a single day.

Victoria has recorded its first three deaths related to the COVID-19 over the past day. All three deaths in the state were men in their 70s who were being treated in hospital and the other one in Queensland is a 68-year-old man who became infected on a cruise ship.

Paul Kelly, Australia's deputy chief medical officer, told reporters in Canberra on Thursday afternoon that there have been 2,793 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, an increase of 24 percent from 2,252 as of Wednesday morning.

Seven passengers on the Artania cruise ship, held offshore at anchor near Western Australia (WA), have tested positive for the COVID-19.

WA Health Department officials boarded the ship on Wednesday after 25 people reported respiratory symptoms.

There are more than 800 passengers and 500 crew on board and none of them are Australians.

LAOS

Laos has detected three more confirmed COVID-19 cases, with its total number rising to six, Lao Deputy Health Minister Phouthone Moungpak said.

All of these infections were close contacts of the previous confirmed patients, and they are treated in the designated hospital, the Mittaphab Hospital in Vientiane, Moungpak said.

The patients are not in a serious condition and the treatment is going well, he added.

Laos detected the first two confirmed COVID-19 cases on March 24.

THE MALDIVES

Three more COVID-19 positive patients have made a recovery in the Maldives, bringing the country's total number of active cases to five, local media reported.

Maldives President Ibrahim Solih announced on Wednesday evening that three COVID-19 infected patients had made a recovery thanks to the efforts of healthcare workers. So far, a total of eight out of 13 confirmed COVID-19 patients have recovered in the last few weeks.

MALAYSIA

A total of 23 people have died of the COVID-19 in Malaysia as of Thursday with 235 newly confirmed cases in its largest one-day increase so far, bringing the total number to 2,031, said the Health Ministry.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah told a press briefing that among the new cases, at least 60 were traced to a large-scale religious event held near the capital of Kuala Lumpur from late February to early March. The number of cases in the country has spiked following the event.

INDONESIA

The death toll of the COVID-19 in Indonesia climbed to 78 by noon local time on Thursday, according to the Indonesian government.

At a press conference, the government's spokesperson for all the coronavirus-related matters Achmad Yurianto said that 893 cases had been confirmed in the archipelagic country and 35 patients had recovered from the disease.

Xinhua