Roundup: India's COVID-19 tally reaches 9,932,547, Japanese capital reports record high daily case spike

HONG KONG, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in Asia-Pacific countries as India's COVID-19 tally reached 9,932,547 on Wednesday while South Korea and Japanese capital reported the highest daily caseload respectively.

India's COVID-19 tally reached 9,932,547 as 26,382 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 144,096 as 387 COVID-19 patients died since Monday morning.

Delhi has been one of the most COVID-19 affected places in the country. As many as 1,617 new cases and 41 deaths were registered in the national capital during the past 24 hours. On Monday the total death toll in the city had crossed the 10,000-mark.

There are still 332,002 active cases in the country, while 9,456,449 people have been discharged so far from hospitals after medical treatment, added the ministry's latest data.

The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia increased by 6,725 in the past 24 hours to 636,154, with the death toll adding by 137 to 19,248, the Health Ministry said.

According to the ministry, 5,328 more patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 521,984.

The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines reported 1,156 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, bringing the total number in the country to 452,988.

The DOH said 425 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 419,282. The death toll climbed to 8,833 after 21 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH added.

The capital Manila is seeing an increase in the number of COVID-19 transmissions, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said, noting that rising infections in 12 out of the 16 Metro Manila cities.

The Tokyo metropolitan government reported 678 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours in the Japanese capital.

The latest figure marked a new record for a single-day tally in Tokyo, surpassing the previous record of 621 coronavirus infections reported last Saturday.

Tokyo, the hardest hit by COVID-19 among all Japan's 47 prefectures, has now seen its cumulative total of infections rise to 48,668, according to preliminary figures for Wednesday.

South Korea reported 1,078 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Tuesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 45,442.

It marked the highest daily caseload, surpassing the previous high of 1,030 tallied on Sunday. The daily number of COVID-19 infections hovered above 100 for 39 days since Nov. 8 owing to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.

Twelve more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 612. The total fatality rate stood at 1.35 percent.

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

Seventeen previously reported cases have now recovered. The total number of active cases in New Zealand is 43 and the total number of confirmed cases is 1,744, according to the Ministry of Health.

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