New COVID-19 cluster detected in Malaysia, Philippines reports lowest number of cases in 15 days

Source: Xinhua| 2020-09-22 19:38:59|Editor: huaxia

HONG KONG, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Asia-Pacific region has seen an increasing number of COVID-19 cases on Tuesday as one new case cluster was detected in Malaysia.

The new cluster was traced to individuals screened before being admitted to a hospital in the northern Borneo state of Sabah, with five tested positive so far.

Malaysia reported 82 new COVID-19 infections, the Health Ministry said, bringing the national total to 10,358. Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that 10 of the new cases are imported and 72 are local transmissions.

The Philippines reports the lowest number of cases in 15 days as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines increased to 291,789 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,635 new daily cases.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India rose to 5,562,663, India's federal health ministry said, with 75,083 new daily cases and 1,053 more deaths.

New Zealand reported no new cases of COVID-19 as the country embraced the first day of relaxed restrictions, or Alert Level 1, except in Auckland.

Thailand's famous resort island of Phuket pleaded state and private sectors to help support its tourism industry as the COVID-19 pandemic had cost the island 400 billion baht (12.75 million U.S. dollars) in losses since the ban on entry of foreigners was launched in late March.

Bangladesh reported 1,557 new COVID-19 cases and 28 new deaths on Tuesday, making the tally at 352,178 and death toll at 5,007, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

Pakistan has started stage three clinical trials of a China-made vaccine for COVID-19 with the assistance of China, Executive Director of the country's National Institute of Health (NIH) Aamer Ikram said.

South Korea reported 61 more cases of the COVID-19 as of midnight Monday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 23,106.

The daily caseload hovered below 100 for three straight days amid the reduced cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province traceable to church services and a massive rally held in central Seoul on Aug. 15. Enditem