A child of Pudu Wet Market area takes COVID-19 test in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 5, 2020. (Photo by Chong Voon Chung/Xinhua)
-- India becomes 12th worst-affected country with over 74,000 cases;
-- Thailand records zero cases for first time since January;
-- Indonesia records highest single-day rise of 689 cases;
-- Bangladesh reports 19 new deaths, biggest daily increase since March.
HONG KONG, May 13 (Xinhua) -- The following are the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia-Pacific countries.
KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported 37 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday bringing the national total to 6,779, the Health Ministry said.
Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said at a press briefing that of the new cases, 33 cases were local transmissions and four imported.
A woman receives a rapid test in Tangerang, Indonesia, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Agung Kuncahya B.)
JAKARTA -- The Indonesian government on Wednesday announced 689 new confirmed cases of the COVID-19, the highest single-day rise since the outbreak in the country in early March, taking the total to 15,438 cases in the country.
A traffic police officer wearing protective equipment performs duty on a street in Dhaka, Bangladesh on May 11, 2020. (Str/Xinhua)
DHAKA -- Bangladesh reported 19 new deaths of COVID-19 patients Wednesday, the country's biggest daily increase since March.
A migrant worker wearing a face mask sits outside his shanty during the lockdown in New Delhi, India, May 13, 2020. (Xinhua/Javed Dar)
NEW DELHI -- India has become the 12th most-affected country on Wednesday due to the pandemic after recording a total of 74,281 COVID-19 cases and 2,415 deaths.
With these figures, India has crossed Canada's tally, which has 71,157 cases of COVID-19, according to World Health Organization (WHO) list.
A staff member checks the temperature of a man at the entrance of Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok, Thailand, May 9, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Keren)
BANGKOK -- Thailand on Wednesday saw zero new COVID-19 cases, the first time since Jan. 13 when the first case was recorded in the country, Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said Wednesday.
Filipinos returning from London arrive at the Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines, May 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)
MANILA -- The Philippines' daily tally of new infections rose by 268 on Wednesday, increasing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 11,618.
A woman works at a biscuit factory in Kathmandu, Nepal on May 8, 2020. (Photo by Sulav Shrestha/Xinhua)
KATHMANDU -- COVID-19 cases in Nepal crossed 200 mark after the Ministry of Health and Population on Tuesday reported 83 new cases, in the largest single day spike in cases.
The Himalayan country reported 57 cases in the afternoon and an additional 26 cases at night on Tuesday, increasing the total count of the COVID-19 to 217.
With the rising number of cases in recent days, the COVID-19 cases in Nepal more than doubled in less than a week, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Health and Population.
People walk on a beach in Wellington, New Zealand, April 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Guo Lei)
WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported no more COVID-19 cases for two consecutive days on Wednesday, with the total number of confirmed and probable cases remaining at 1,497, as the country is about to relax lockdown restrictions midnight.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the government will deliver Budget 2020 on Thursday "within the most challenging economic conditions faced by any government since the Great Depression."
New Zealand will move to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 on Thursday and reopen most businesses in 10 days, according to a decision made on Monday.
A man reads at Yeouido Hangang Park in Seoul, South Korea, May 6, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Jingqiang)
SEOUL -- South Korea reported 26 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Wednesday local time, raising the total number of infections to 10,962.
After hitting the bottom at two on May 6, the daily caseload continued to rise and stay around 30 in recent days.
South Korea's job loss hit the worst in over 21 years in April as companies led employees to go on unpaid leave or be laid off amid the COVID-19 outbreak, statistical office data showed Wednesday.
A policeman is on duty at a temporary checkpoint on Vatuwaqa Bridge in Suva, Fiji, April 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yongxing)
SUVA -- Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has held talks with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on the latest developments of COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) on Wednesday, Bainimarama spoke with Trudeau earlier this week, and they agreed that international coordination and information sharing is critical to respond effectively to COVID-19.
They shared information on the spread of the virus in their countries, and measures taken to protect the health, safety, and economic well-being of the people in their countries.■