Asia-Pacific countries face growing cases of COVID-19 as India records 36,595 new cases

Source: Xinhua| 2020-12-04 20:00:40|Editor: huaxia

HONG KONG, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Asia-Pacific countries are still facing growing cases of COVID-19 pandemic on Friday as India registered 36,595 new cases, taking the total to 9,571,559, according to the latest data from the health ministry.

According to the data, the death toll mounted to 139,188 as 540 COVID-19 patients died since Thursday morning.

There are still 416,082 active cases in the country, while 9,016,289 people have been discharged so far from hospitals after medical treatment, added the ministry's latest data.

In Indonesia, the confirmed cases rose by 5,803 in the past 24 hours to 563,680, with the death toll adding by 124 to 17,479, the Health Ministry said.

According to the ministry, 3,625 more COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 466,178.

Malaysia reported 1,141 new infections, the health ministry said, bringing the national total to 70,236.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press briefing that three of the new cases are imported and 1,138 are local transmissions.

No new deaths have been reported, leaving the death toll at 376.

The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines reported 934 new confirmed cases, bringing the total number in the country to 436,345.

The DOH said 148 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 399,457. The death toll climbed to 8,509 after 63 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH added.

South Korea reported 629 more cases as of midnight Thursday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 36,332.

Of the new cases, 291 were Seoul residents and 155 were people residing in Gyeonggi province.

Twenty-nine were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 4,652.

Seven more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 536. The total fatality rate stood at 1.48 percent.

The Afghan Ministry of Public Health confirmed an increase of 132 new cases within the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of patients in the country to 47,388, including 8,194 active cases.

Six patients died within the period, taking the death toll to 1,847 since February, the ministry said in a statement.

Forty-five new recoveries were recorded since early Thursday, bringing the number of recoveries to 37,347, according to the statement. Enditem