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Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 09:34
NZ's total community COVID-19 cases top 1 million
By Agencies
Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 09:34 By Agencies

People return to shopping at Newmarket in Auckland, New Zealand as some COVID-19 restrictions were eased on Nov 10, 2021. (ALEX BURTON / NEW ZEALAND HERALD VIA AP)

ISLAMABAD / SINGAPORE / HANOI / KUALA LUMPUR / SEOUL / WELLINGTON - New Zealand has reported 1,001,898 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020, surpassing the one-million mark, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.

The confirmed cases have taken up nearly one-fifth of the country's total population of 5,127,200.

On Tuesday, New Zealand reported 9,173 new community cases of COVID-19. Among the new community infections, 2,945 were reported in the largest city Auckland, the ministry said in a statement.

Currently, 385 COVID-19 patients are being treated in hospitals, including 13 people in intensive care units or high dependency units. The ministry also reported 14 more deaths from COVID-19.

New Zealand is currently under the orange settings of its COVID-19 Protection Framework, where there is no limit for gatherings.

Fiji

The health authorities in Fiji have warned that neither the lifting of mask-wearing nor the easing of travel restrictions over COVID-19 is a sign that the risks of outbreak and resurgence of COVID-19 are over.

According to the Fijivillage news website on Tuesday, Fiji's Permanent Secretary for Health Ministry James Fong issued the warning following reports of some travellers failing to comply with a 7-day isolation over COVID-19.

He urged the public to support the protection and safety of all Fijians by reminding foreign visitors of the importance of isolating themselves for seven days if they test positive for COVID-19.

The health ministry reported 26 more cases of COVID-19 from Friday to Monday.

Malaysia

Malaysia reported 2,246 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Monday, bringing the national total to 4,461,135, according to the Health Ministry.

There are five new imported cases, with 2,241 being local transmissions, data released on the ministry's website showed.

One more death has been reported, bringing the death toll to 35,584.

A health worker inoculates a student with a dose of the Pfizer vaccine against the coronavirus at his school in Karachi on Jan 24, 2022. (ASIF HASSAN / AFP)

Pakistan

Pakistan has reported the first case of the Omicron sub-variant BA.2.12.1 of COVID-19, the National Institute of Health said in a statement on Monday.

Details or travel history of the infected person were not revealed by the institute. The statement said that the sub-variant is causing the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in different countries.

"We strongly recommended getting vaccinated and all those due for boosters must get the shots immediately," according to the statement.

Pakistan reported 64 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the country's ministry of health said on Monday, pushing the tally of infections to 1,528,800.

A notice warning people not to gather in groups larger than five persons as part of restrictions to hald the spread of the coronavirus is displayed at Raffles Place financial business district in Singapore on Jan 4, 2022. (ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP)

Singapore

Singapore reported 2,271 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total tally to 1,220,193.

Of the new cases, 234 cases were detected through PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and 2,037 through ART (antigen rapid test) tests, according to the statistics released by the Ministry of Health.

No death was reported from COVID-19 on Monday, keeping the total death toll at 1,352, according to the ministry.

South Korea

South Korea reported 49,933 new COVID-19 cases as of midnight Monday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 17,614,895, the health authorities said Tuesday.

The daily caseload more than doubled from 20,601 tallied the previous day, but it was lower than 51,121 a week earlier, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency.

A total of 62 more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 23,462. The total fatality rate was 0.13 percent.

Passengers wait for transportation outside the arrival hall of Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on March 15, 2022, as Vietnam announced the return of a visa exemption policy for 13 countries in an effort to kickstart its tourism sector. (NHAC NGUYEN / AFP)

Vietnam

Vietnam reported 2,175 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, down 93 from Sunday, according to its Ministry of Health.

All new infections were domestically transmitted and recorded in 48 provinces and cities.

The Vietnamese capital Hanoi remained the pandemic hotspot with 601 new cases on Monday, followed by the northern provinces of Quang Ninh with 116 and Phu Tho with 113.

The infections brought the total tally to 10,678,359 with 43,057 deaths.

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