HONG KONG, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in Asia-Pacific countries as India's tally rose to 10,413,417 on Friday while the Philippines confirmed 1,776 new cases.
India's COVID-19 tally rose to 10,413,417 as 18,139 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the federal health ministry.
According to the data, the death toll mounted to 150,570 as 234 COVID-19 patients died since Thursday morning.
There are still 225,449 active cases in the country, while 10,016,859 people have been discharged so far from hospitals after medical treatment.
The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines reported 1,776 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the country's total tally to 483,852.
The death toll climbed to 9,364 after eight more patients died from the coronavirus epidemic, the DOH said. It added that 285 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 449,330.
The Philippines, which has a population of about 110 million, has so far tested over 6.5 million people.
South Korea reported 674 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 67,358.
The daily caseload stayed below 1,000 for four straight days, but it hovered above 100 for 62 days since Nov. 8 due to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.
Thirty-five more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 1,081. The total fatality rate stood at 1.60 percent.
Thailand confirmed 205 more cases of coronavirus infection, mostly domestic, according to the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
The new cases included 189 domestic cases, with 58 cases referring to migrant workers and 131 others being confirmed elsewhere in the country, while 16 other cases were those who had returned from abroad and tested positive in the country, CCSA's spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin said.
Thailand has so far confirmed 9,841 cases, 7,740 of which were officially reported as domestic ones while 2,101 were imported, he said.
The Maldives' death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic rose to 49, local media reported.
HPA data shows that over 13,960 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the island country, with 13,225 recoveries.
There are currently 687 active cases, out of which 502 are concentrated in the capital region of Male. Enditem