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The COVID-19 pandemic continued to spread in some Asia-Pacific countries on Thursday as India reported the biggest single day spike with 16,922 new cases.

India’s federal health ministry Thursday morning said 418 new deaths and additional 16,922 positive cases were reported during the past 24 hours across the country.

It took the number of deaths to 14,894 and total cases to 473,105.

This is the biggest single day spike in terms of new infections in the country so far.

Bangladesh reported nearly 4,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total in the country to over 126,000.

Senior Health Ministry official Nasima Sultana said in a briefing on Thursday afternoon that “3,946 new COVID-19 positive cases and 39 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh.”

“The total number of positive cases is now 126,606 and death toll stands currently at 1,621,” she said.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday had health protocols stringently applied in and around East Java province’s capital of Surabaya which has been hardest dashed by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

So far, the province contributed 20 percent or 10,298 cases to the national COVID-19 infection figure which has passed 50,000, the government’s spokesman for the COVID-19 Related Matters Achmad Yurianto announced on Thursday.

Indonesia also recorded 2,620 casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines soared to 33,069 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 778 more infections.

The DOH said in its bulletin that the number of recoveries further rose to 8,910 after 255 more patients have survived the disease.

The death toll also increased to 1,212 after eight more patients have succumbed to the viral disease, the DOH added.

Afghanistan reported 460 new infections within the past 24 hours, bringing the total tally in the country to 30,175 cases, the country’s Ministry of Public Health confirmed.

Thirty-six patients succumbed to the virus, taking the number of people who lost their lives due to the virus to 675 since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in February.

More than a dozen health workers and nearly a dozen security personnel in Nepal have been infected with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health and Population said.

According to the data made available by the Ministry of Health and Population to Xinhua, as many as 14 health workers, including doctors and nurses, have been infected with the virus while another 10 security personnel representing Nepal Army, Armed Police Force and Nepal Police have also become victims of the virus.

As of Wednesday, the Nepali government confirmed 10,728 COVID-19 cases with 24 deaths. With over 10,000 cases, Nepal has entered into the worst case scenario as defined by the country’s health ministry.

South Korea reported 28 more cases compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Thursday local time, raising the total number of infections to 12,563.

The daily caseload fell below 30 in three days. Of the new cases, five were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 1,496.

One more death was confirmed, leaving the death toll at 282. The total fatality rate stood at 2.24 percent.

New Zealand reported three new cases on Thursday, bringing the total active cases in the country to 13, according to the Ministry of Health.

The total number of confirmed cases in the country reached 1,169, and the death toll was 22, according to the ministry.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has funded the construction and equipment of a new molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) laboratory at the Colombo East Base Hospital to support Sri Lanka in its response against the COVID-19 pandemic, a statement from the ADB said Thursday.

This new facility is Sri Lanka’s largest PCR laboratory, and will increase the country’s testing capacity by 30 percent.

(XINHUA)

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