Indonesia reports new high of daily COVID-19 cases, Japanese PM declares state of emergency in Tokyo metropolitan area

2021-01-07 12:05:49 GMT2021-01-07 20:05:49(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

HONG KONG, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Several Asia-Pacific countries witnessed the highest daily COVID-19 cases on Thursday while Japanese prime minister declared a state of emergency in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

India's COVID-19 tally rose to 10,395,278 as 20,346 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 150,336 as 222 COVID-19 patients died since Wednesday morning.

There are still 228,083 active cases in the country, while 10,016,859 people have been discharged so far from hospitals after medical treatment.

Indonesia recorded another new-high of the daily number of COVID-19 infections.

The confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country rose by 9,321 in the past 24 hours to 797,723, with the death toll adding by 224 to 23,520, the Health Ministry said.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in the Tokyo metropolitan area including Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures on Thursday, authorizing tougher measures to fight a resurgence in COVID-19 infections.

The state of emergency will be effective from Friday to Feb. 7, with measures including urging people to stay at home and calling for restaurants and bars to stop serving alcohol by 7 p.m. and close by 8 p.m.

Tokyo reported a record 2,447 new daily COVID-19 infections on Thursday.

Malaysia reported 3,027 new COVID-19 infections in the highest daily spike since the outbreak, bringing the national total to 128,465, the Health Ministry said.

Another eight deaths have been reported, pushing the total deaths to 521.

Some 2,145 more patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total cured and discharged to 102,723, or 80 percent of all cases.

The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines reported 1,353 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number in the country to 482,083.

The death toll climbed to 9,356 after nine more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. Another 360 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 449,052.

The Philippines is bracing for the new and more contagious coronavirus variant first detected in Britain but had since rapidly spread to many countries.

South Korea reported 870 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Thursday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 66,686.

The daily caseload stayed below 1,000 for three straight days, but it hovered above 100 for 61 days since Nov. 8 due to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.

Nineteen more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 1,046. The total fatality rate stood at 1.57 percent.

Thailand confirmed 305 new COVID-19 infections and one more fatality, according to its Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of the new cases, 302 were domestic infections, including 109 reported in Myanmar migrants living in the Samut Sakhon province, where the latest outbreak in Thailand was first detected in mid-December, and three of the other cases were detected in people in quarantine upon arrival from abroad, CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin told a daily press conference.

The latest data raised Thailand's total tally to 9,636, which included 7,551 domestic infections and 2,085 others in quarantine, Taweesin said.

Afghanistan's Public Health Ministry reported 120 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total nationwide infections to 53,327.

The pandemic has so far claimed 2,260 lives in Afghanistan since February, up by seven in the past 24 hours, the ministry said in a statement.

According to the ministry, 210,910 tests for the virus have been carried out in Afghanistan as of Thursday. Enditem