Roundup: Coronavirus cases rocketing in South Asia as India becomes 7th worst-hit country due to COVID-19

Source: Xinhua| 2020-06-01 22:23:20|Editor: huaxia

HONG KONG, June 1 (Xinhua) -- The number of COVID-19 cases is rocketing in South Asia on Monday as India became the seventh worst-hit country due to COVID-19, and in Bangladesh cases neared 50,000.

India's federal health ministry on Monday morning reported 230 new deaths due to COVID-19 and 8,392 more positive cases during the past 24 hours across the country. This was so far the highest single-day spike in the cases.

The ministry said the total number of cases in the country reached 190,535 with 5,394 deaths.

India became the seventh worst-hit country due to COVID-19 pandemic as the World Health Organisation COVID-19 tracker had placed the country on rank seven in the list.

Bangladesh reported 2,381 new cases, dipping from Sunday's high of 2,545.

"A total of 2,381 new COVID-19 positive cases and 22 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh," senior Health Ministry official Nasima Sultana told a media briefing on Monday afternoon.

"The total number of positive cases is now 49,534 and death toll stands currently at 672," she added.

With the confirmation of 226 new cases on Monday, Nepal has seen the highest single day spike of COVID-19 cases, and the total tally has surged to 1,798.

Afghanistan reported 545 new COVID-19 cases within the past 24 hours, bringing the total tally to 15,750 cases, the country's Ministry of Public Health confirmed.

Eight COVID-19 patients succumbed to the virus, taking the number of people who lost their lives to 265 since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in February.

The number of people recovered stands at 1,428 after 100 patients recovered during the period.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines climbed to 18,638 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 552 more infections on Monday.

The DOH said in a daily bulletin that the number of recoveries further climbed to 3,979 after 70 more patients have survived the disease. The death toll also increased to 960 after three more patients have succumbed to the viral disease, the DOH added.

COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 467 within one day to 26,940, with the death toll adding by 28 to 1,641, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference.

According to him, 329 more people had been discharged from hospitals, making the total number of recovered patients stand at 7,637.

South Korea reported 35 more cases compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Monday local time, raising the total number of infections to 11,503.

After peaking at 79 on Thursday, the daily caseload continued to fall to 27 on Sunday, but it rebounded on Monday amid small cluster infections from religious gatherings in the metropolitan area.

One more death was confirmed, leaving the death toll at 271. The total fatality rate stood at 2.36 percent.

Malaysia has gone into 10 days without any new COVID-19 deaths, the Health Ministry said, leaving the total deaths so far at 115.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said Malaysia reported 38 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 7,857.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar has risen to 228, with four more confirmed cases reported, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports.

Of the newly confirmed cases, all patients are from Yangon region who were under quarantine after their recent arrival from India.

A total of 138 patients have recovered from the disease and six deaths were reported so far.

New Zealand reported no new case on Monday for 10 consecutive days, with the combined total of confirmed and probable cases staying at 1,504, according to the Ministry of Health.

The total number of confirmed cases reported to the World Health Organization remained at 1,154, said a ministry statement.

Laos reported no new case for 50 consecutive days, with the total number of confirmed cases in Laos unchanged at 19. Enditem