A medical worker wearing protective gear in a booth, takes sample from a woman during a COVID-19 testing at a coronavirus testing site in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, Aug 12, 2021. (LEE JIN-MAN / AP)
NEW DELHI / SINGAPORE/ YANGON / SEOUL / KUALA LUMPUR / MANILA / WELLINGTON / VIENTIANE - The Republic of Korea recorded 128,714 new COVID-19 cases as of midnight Thursday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 21,111,840, the health authorities said Friday.
The daily caseload was down from 137,241 in the previous day, but was higher than 112,858 tallied a week earlier, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency.
For the past week, the daily average number of confirmed cases was 119,857.
Among the newly reported infections, 464 were imported cases, lifting the total to 50,571.
The latest number of infected people who were in a serious condition stood at 453, up 35 from the previous day.
Fifty-eight more deaths were confirmed from the pandemic, bringing the death toll to 25,499. The total fatality rate was 0.12 percent.
A hindu devotee wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus offers prayers inside a temple dedicated to goddess Kali in Jammu, India, Oct 17, 2020. (PHOTO / AFP)
New Delhi will enforce a mask mandate again after COVID-19 infections rose in the past fortnight, a government order showed on Thursday, though a similar order in April failed to improve compliance.
New Delhi reported 2,146 new infections in the past 24 hours and eight deaths, the worst figures among Indian states and federal territories
People caught without masks in public in the Indian capital will have to pay a fine of 500 rupees ($6), the order dated Aug 8 and shared with reporters on Thursday, said. Presently, mask-wearing is uncommon even in shopping malls and crowded markets.
New Delhi reported 2,146 new infections in the past 24 hours and eight deaths, the worst figures among Indian states and federal territories.
The country reported 16,299 new infections during the period, taking the cumulative total to 44.2 million, while deaths rose by 53 to 526,879. The actual numbers are believed to be multiple times higher.
Local cases of COVID-19 continued to increase in Laos, with 90 new infections reported on Friday.
According to a report by the Center of Information and Education for Health under the Lao Ministry of Health, the country has recorded 90 new cases of COVID-19.
Among the 90 community cases, 67 were detected in the Lao capital Vientiane.
The ministry urged people to continue to be cautious, and advised them to get vaccinated, as well as to take booster shots to bolster waning immunity levels.
As of Friday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Laos reached 212,214 with 663 deaths.
Employees bury a COVID-19 victim at the Fairy Park memorial park in Meru, Selangor, Malaysia, on August 30. (SAMSUL SAID / BLOOMBERG)
Malaysia recorded 4,831 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Thursday, bringing the total tally to 4,724,225, according to its health ministry.
Among the newly reported infections were six new imported cases and 4,825 local transmissions, data released on the ministry's website showed.
Another 10 deaths have been reported from the pandemic, taking the death toll to 36,066.
New Zealand recorded 4,126 new community cases of COVID-19 and 13 more deaths from the pandemic, the country's Ministry of Health said on Friday.
New Zealand has reported 1,666,801 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,733 confirmed deaths attributable to the disease since the pandemic hit the country in early 2020, the health ministry said.
A child receives the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11 as a performer dressed as superhero character Spider-Man looks on at a gym in San Juan City, suburban Manila on Feb 7, 2022. (TED ALJIBE / AFP)
The Philippines reported 4,533 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 3,818,480.
The Department of Health said the number of active cases rose to 37,962, and 27 more patients died from COVID-19 complications, pushing the country's death toll to 60,916.
The capital region Metro Manila tallied 1,226 new infections.
The Philippines reported its highest COVID-19 single-day tally of 39,004 new cases on Jan. 15. The country, with a population of around 110 million, has fully vaccinated over 71.5 million people.
An elderly resident arrives to get tested at a temporary swab center set up at the void deck area on the ground floor of a public housing block, after a few positive COVID-19 cases were detected in the building, in Singapore on May 21, 2021. (ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP)
Singapore reported 7,776 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total tally to 1,781,162.
Of the new cases, 537 cases were detected through PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and 7,239 through ART (antigen rapid test) tests, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Health.
Among the PCR cases, 506 were local transmissions and 31 were imported cases. Among the ART cases with mild symptoms and assessed to be of low risk, there were 6,756 local transmissions and 483 imported cases, respectively.
A total of 686 cases are currently warded in hospitals, with 22 cases in intensive care units.
Three deaths were reported from COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total death toll to 1,546, the ministry said.
Rohingya refugees arrive at a makeshift camp after completing their COVID-19 coronavirus-related quarantine in Lhokseumawe, Aceh province, on Jan 12, 2022. (CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)
Myanmar reported its first death from COVID-19 in more than four months in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll in the country to 19,435, according to the Ministry of Health on Thursday.
The Southeast Asian country has recorded no death from COVID-19 until Thursday since April 7, the longest stretch without any fatalities from the virus since the start of the pandemic in the country, the ministry's data showed.
The country logged 21 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the tally to 614,297, the ministry said.
The ministry added that it tested 6,070 people for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and the daily positivity rate was 0.35 percent.
Another six patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 593,055.
Myanmar reported its first COVID-19 cases on March 23, 2020, and its first death from COVID-19 on March 31, 2020.
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