Covid-19 virus continues to rage across Asia-Pacific as countries report rapidly rising cases


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  • Sunday, 10 May 2020

People practicing social distancing on benches outside a shop under a nationwide state of emergency as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues in Tokyo, on Sunday (May 10). - Reuters

HONG KONG: The Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic continues to rage across the Asia-Pacific, as Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal all witnessed rapidly rising cases over the weekend.

Bangladesh reported 636 new Covid-19 cases Saturday, dipping slightly from Friday's high of 709.

Senior Health Ministry official Nasima Sultana said during a briefing on Saturday afternoon that "636 new COVID-19 positive cases and eight deaths were reported in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh."

"The total number of positive cases is now 13,770 and death toll stands currently at 214 with the fresh eight fatalities," she added.

Indonesia has reported 533 new virus cases, bringing the total to 13,645, government spokesperson for Covid-19-related matters Achmad Yurianto said Saturday.

A total of 959 deaths have now been recorded in the country, an increase of 16 over the past 24 hours.

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has surged to 27,474 in Pakistan, the health ministry of the country said on Saturday morning.

A total of 618 patients died while 7,756 recovered. So far, a total of 270,025 tests have been conducted by health authorities across the country, the official statistics showed.

South Korea reported 18 more cases of the Covid-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of Sunday morning, raising the total number of infections to 10,840.

No death was confirmed for the second consecutive day, leaving the death toll at 256.

Meanwhile, the city government of South Korea's capital Seoul on Saturday had to order all entertainment spots, including clubs and bars, to immediately halt business as a cluster infection of the Covid-19 was detected in the popular multicultural neighborhood of Itaewon.

The order came after a cluster infection was detected from a patient who visited clubs and bars at Itaewon over last weekend. A total of 27 Seoul residents traceable to the Itaewon cluster infection were confirmed positive for the Covid-19 as of midday Saturday local time.

Seven new cases were added in Nepal on Saturday, increasing the count of cases to 109, a senior official of Nepal's Ministry of Health and Population said.

The number of Covid-19 cases in Nepal had crossed 100 marks on Thursday and the cases were on the rise in recent weeks despite the Nepali government's efforts to prevent the disease from spreading through measures like a nationwide lockdown.

Meanwhile, an aircraft of Nepal's Himalaya Airlines returned from southwestern China's Chongqing with Covid-19 medical supplies on Saturday morning.

The airlines has operated five cargo charter flights bringing medical supplies from Chinese destinations including Guangzhou, Changsha and Chongqing, according to the airlines.

Malaysia reported 54 new cases and another fatality from Covid-19 on Saturday, bringing the total cases in the country to 6,589 and total deaths to 108, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

Most of the new cases came from clusters involving foreign workers, including one construction site newly reported by the Health Ministry on Saturday.

The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan increased by 106 to reach 15,769, according to the latest figures from the country's health ministry and local authorities on Saturday.

The number excludes the 712 cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama near Tokyo.

Japan is set to approve test kits next week that can detect the virus antigens in 15 to 30 minutes, according to local media.

The nationwide death toll from Covid-19 has now reached a total of 637, including 13 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. - Xinhua
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