Medical students attend a face-to-face class at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the Philippines, on June 14, 2021. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)
— Thailand reports over 3,000 daily COVID-19 cases for 5 days in row;
— Japan ramps up vaccination campaign as Tokyo, other regions shift to quasi virus emergency;
— Pakistan’s COVID-19 fatalities exceed 22,000;
— India reports 53,256 new COVID-19 cases.
HONG KONG, June 21 (Xinhua) — The following are the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia-Pacific countries on Monday:
MANILA — The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported 5,249 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,364,239.
The death toll climbed to 23,749 after 128 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.
The Philippines has detected four additional cases of the more transmissible Delta coronavirus variant first found in India, bringing the total cases in the country to 17, the DOH said on Monday.
A health worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Samutprakran Province, Thailand, June 19, 2021. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)
BANGKOK — Thailand reported 3,175 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, marking the fifth consecutive day recording over 3,000 coronavirus infections as it was gradually easing restrictions for economic recovery.
With the new infections, the number of cumulative cases in Thailand rose to 221,306, with over 85 percent of them recorded since April 1 when the third wave of the pandemic hit and quickly spread across the country.
An additional 29 deaths from COVID-19 were recorded on Monday, taking the total fatalities to 1,658, according to the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration.
While the COVID-19 situation in Thailand remains severe, especially in the capital Bangkok and its neighboring provinces, the Thai government was easing restrictions nationwide gradually.
People are seen outside a closed bar in Tokyo, Japan, May 7, 2021. (Photo by Christopher Jue/Xinhua)
TOKYO — The Japanese government’s plans for companies and universities to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines on-site began on Monday for people aged under 65, while seven prefectures including Tokyo shifted from a fully-fledged to quasi-state of coronavirus emergency.
As the government ramps up its vaccination drive, it lifted the coronavirus state of emergency covering nine prefectures including Tokyo and Osaka on Monday, with Okinawa remaining under the emergency measures until July 11 due to a surge in COVID-19 cases and an overstretched medical system.
Around 16 percent of Japan’s population of 126 million has now received at least one dose of the vaccine.
People pack just-harvested cherries in Gilgit city of Pakistan’s northern Gilgit-Baltistan region, on June 15, 2021. (Photo by Miraj/Xinhua)
ISLAMABAD — Thirty more people died of COVID-19 in Pakistan on Sunday, raising the death toll to 22,007 in the country, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Monday.
The country also reported 907 new cases, one of the lowest in a few months, raising the tally of the confirmed cases to 949,175, said the NCOC, the department leading the country’s campaign against the pandemic.
A total of 893,148 people have recovered from the disease, and the number of active cases is 34,020, the center said, adding that a total of 2,238 critical patients are being treated in the country.
People perform yoga in Bhopal, capital of India’s Madhya Pradesh, on June 21, 2021, the International Yoga Day. (Str/Xinhua)
NEW DELHI — India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 29,935,221, with 53,256 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, said the health ministry.
This was the second consecutive day when less than 60,000 daily cases were reported in a day. The number of new cases is the lowest in the past 88 days, said the health ministry.
Besides, 1,422 more patients died during the period, taking the death toll to 388,135.
People wearing masks walk on a street in Seoul, South Korea, June 1, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Jingqiang)
SEOUL — South Korea reported 357 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Sunday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 151,506.
The daily caseload was down from 429 in the prior day, falling below 400 for the first time in six days due to fewer virus tests over the weekend. The daily average caseload for the past week was 462.
Two more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 2,004. The total fatality rate stood at 1.32 percent.■