Asia-Pacific Coronavirus News: Indonesia reports 8,692 new cases, Cambodia reopens schools as community outbreak ends

Source: Xinhua| 2021-01-11 19:47:33|Editor: huaxia

A young woman wearing a face mask works at Liz Fashion Industry Limited, a garment manufacturer, in Gazipur on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh on Jan. 3, 2021. (Xinhua)

-- Indonesia reports 8,692 new cases, health minister says 36,000 more hospital beds needed;

-- Cambodia reopens schools as community outbreak is over;

-- Philippines logs 2,052 new cases, gov't secures 55 mln doses of vaccine;

-- India's COVID-19 tally rises to 10,466,595 with 16,311 new cases.

HONG KONG, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- The following are the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia-Pacific countries on Monday:

DHAKA -- Bangladesh reported 849 new COVID-19 cases and 22 new deaths, making the tally at 523,302 and death toll at 7,803, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The official data showed that 14,097 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh.

A health worker dressed in protective gears takes a swab sample from a person at a community health center in Jakarta, Indonesia, Jan. 9, 2021. (Photo by Demy Sanjaya/Xinhua)

JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 8,692 within one day to 836,718, with the death toll adding by 214 to 24,343, the Health Ministry said.

Indonesia needs 36,000 more hospital beds in anticipation of a spike in COVID-19 cases until early February, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said. Te number of beds needed to treat COVID-19 patients account for about 30 percent of the total active cases.

The government decided to extend its travel restrictions for foreign nationals for another two weeks amid COVID-19 concerns, a senior minister said.

Students queue for temperature checks before being allowed into their classrooms at the Bak Touk High School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Jan. 11, 2021. (Photo by Sovannara/Xinhua)

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia reopened public schools across the kingdom after the first community outbreak of COVID-19 was over late last year.

In a message to mark the new academic years 2020-2021, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen urged all schools to strictly adhere to the safety measures set by the Ministry of Health.

Another Cambodian migrant worker back from Thailand tested positive for COVID-19, raising the total number of infected laborers from Thailand to 27 so far, said a Ministry of Health (MoH) statement.

A staff member wearing a face mask cleans a multi-purpose bubble pod at a hotel in Manila, the Philippines on Jan. 5, 2021. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

MANILA -- The Philippines has logged a total number of 489,736 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with the report of 2,052 new daily infections, the highest since Dec. 18.

The Department of Health (DOH) said in its daily bulletin that the death toll climbed to 9,416 after 11 more patients died from the coronavirus epidemic. It added that 10 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 458,206.

A policeman checks the body temperature of people on a bus in Bangkok, Thailand, Jan. 5, 2021. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

BANGKOK -- Thailand reported 249 new COVID-19 cases, including a nine-month-old infant, according to the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of the new cases, 224 were local infections while 25 others were those in quarantine upon arrival from abroad, CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin told a daily press conference.

An Indian health worker mocks the vaccination process during a dry run of COVID-19 vaccination inside a COVID-19 vaccination center at a Hospital in Mumbai, India, Jan. 8, 2021. (Str/Xinhua)

NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 10,466,595 as 16,311 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the health ministry.

According to the data, the death toll mounted to 151,160 after 161 more COVID-19 patients died since Sunday morning.

People wearing masks walk in Brisbane, Australia, Jan. 8, 2020. (Photo by Yuheng Wu/Xinhua)

SYDNEY -- A three-day lockdown of Australia's third-largest city of Brisbane will be lifted after no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were recorded over the weekend, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

The lockdown was introduced in response to a hotel quarantine worker testing positive for a new more contagious strain of COVID-19 being reported in Britain.

Photo taken on Dec. 11, 2020 shows houses in suburbs of Wellington, New Zealand. (Xinhua/Guo Lei)

WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported four cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation since the last media statement on Sunday, with no new cases in the community.

A woman wearing a face mask talks with a vendor in Seoul, South Korea, Jan. 6, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Jingqiang)

SEOUL -- South Korea reported 451 more cases of COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 69,114.

The daily caseload fell below 500 in 41 days since Dec. 1, but it hovered above 100 for 64 days since Nov. 8 owing to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.