— Tokyo confirms 78 new cases of COVID-19;
— Australia works to extend travel bubble to some Asian countries;
— Indonesia reports 3,267 new cases, 91 new deaths;
— India’s new cases fall below 70,000-mark as tally rises to 7,120,538.
HONG KONG, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) — The following are the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia-Pacific countries on Monday:
TOKYO — Japan’s Tokyo confirmed 78 new daily COVID-19 infections, marking the first time that the figure has dropped below the 100-mark since Oct. 5.
Of those newly testing positive in the capital of 14 million, the majority were aged between 20 and 40 years olds, the Tokyo metropolitan government said, taking over half of the new positive cases.
DHAKA — Bangladesh reported 1,472 new COVID-19 cases and 31 new deaths on Monday, making the tally at 379,738 and death toll at 5,555, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.
MANILA — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 342,816 after the Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,564 new daily cases on Monday, the highest in more than 20 days.
CANBERRA — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Sunday that his government has been making efforts to extend the country’s travel bubble to countries including Singapore, South Korea and Japan.
KABUL — Afghanistan reported 71 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases after health authorities conducted 565 tests within a day, the country’s Ministry of Public Health confirmed.
JAKARTA — The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 3,267 within one day to 336,716, with the death toll adding by 91 to 11,935, the Health Ministry said.
VIENTIANE — The Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism has issued a notice ordering continuing strict compliance with COVID-19 prevention measures.
The notice stresses that all entertainment venues are to remain closed and contained reminders of the rules in relation to weddings, festivals, and tour operators, local daily Vientiane Times reported.
NEW DELHI — With 66,732 new cases registered in India over the past 24 hours, the country’s COVID-19 tally rose to 7,120,538, according to the latest data released by the federal health ministry.
The death toll reached 109,150 with 816 deaths since Sunday morning, showed the ministry’s data.
The trend over the past few weeks showed that the rise in COVID-19 tally and deaths per day has slowed down, as the increase in the number of cases has fallen below 70,000-mark and the deaths below 900 per day.
SEOUL — South Korea reported 97 more cases of COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 24,703.
The daily caseload hovered below 100 for five straight days, but the double-digit growth continued due to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province.■