Increasing Covid-19 cases reported in Asia-Pacific, death toll in Indonesia surpasses 700

27-Apr-2020 Intellasia | Xinhua | 9:44 AM Print This Post

Many countries in Asia-Pacific are witnessing increasing number of Covid-19 (coronavirus) cases as of Sunday morning (April 26) with death toll in Indonesia surpassing 700.

India’s federal health ministry also reported 52 new deaths and 1,054 fresh positive cases since Saturday evening, taking the number of deaths to 775 and total cases to 24,506.

The Indonesian government reported that 31 new deaths of Covid-19 were registered on Saturday, raising the total fatalities in the archipelagic country to 720, the highest death toll seen in South-East Asia.

At a press conference, the government’s spokesperson for the COovid-19-related matters Achmad Yurianto said that there were 396 new confirmed cases, bringing the total number of infections to 8,607.

The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan increased by 391 to reach 13,575, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities on Saturday.

The nationwide death toll from the virus has now increased to a total of 358, including those from a cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama near Tokyo, the latest figures showed.

Bangladesh reported 309 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, dipping slightly from Friday’s high of 503, bringing the total number of cases in country to 4,998.

Senior health ministry official Professor Nasima Sultana told a press conference broadcast by television channels on Saturday afternoon that “309 new COVID-19 positive cases and nine deaths were reported in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh.”

“The total number of positive cases is now 4,998 and death toll stands currently at 140,” she added.

The number of patients infected with Covid-19 in Afghanistan has risen to 1,463, as 133 new positive cases have been confirmed in the country over the past 24 hours, spokesman for Public health ministry Wahidullah Mayar said Saturday.

According to Mayar, four patients have died over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll of the Covid-19 in Afghanistan to 47 since the outbreak of the virus in mid February.

COVID-19 infections in the Philippines continued its steady rise on Saturday, hitting 7,294 since the first confirmed Covid-19 case was reported on January 30 in the country.

The Department of Health (DOH) reported an additional 102 infections, raising the total number of Covid-19 cases in the country to 7,294.

According to the DOH, 17 more patients have died, bringing the death toll to 494.

The number of coronavirus cases in Malaysia totalled at 5,742 after 51 new cases were recorded, the health ministry said on Saturday.

Health Ministry director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said at a press briefing that 99 more cases had been released, bringing the total cured and discharged to 3,762 in total or 65.5 percent of total infections.

Also the number of fatalities had risen to 98 after two more deaths were recorded, with the victims having suffered from other health problems prior to being infected.

Thailand on Saturday saw a sudden spurt in Covid-19 patients with 53 new cases reported. The number was the highest since April 9 when there were 54 new cases.

One new death was reported, with total fatalities standing at 51.

The total number of Covid-19 patients rose to 2,907, among which 2,547 have recovered.

South Korea also reported 10 more virus cases compared to 24 hours ago as of midnight Saturday local time, raising the total number of infections to 10,718.

The daily caseload hovered at around 10 for the seventh consecutive day. Of the new cases, four were imported from overseas, lifting the combined number to 1,027.

New Zealand reported one more death of Covid-19, adding the death toll to 18 in the country, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday.


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