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Asia-Pacific region continues keeping watchful eye on COVID-19 pandemic
From:Xinhua  |  2020-05-31 20:19

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HONG KONG, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Asia-Pacific region continued to pay close attention to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday.

Bangladesh reported 40 new COVID-19 deaths and 2,545 new patients in just one day - by far the country's biggest one-day tally since the crisis began in the country on March 8.

The highest single-day rise in deaths came just a day after the country reported 28 COVID-19 fatalities.

According to the official, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 47,153 on Sunday with the rise of the new 2,545 cases.

Malaysia reported 57 new cases on Sunday, pushing the national total to 7,819, the Health Ministry said.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said at a press briefing that 10 of the new cases are imported, with 47 more being local transmissions, of which 43 are foreign nationals from a cluster at an immigration detention facility and three new clusters in the central Pahang state.

The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 700 within one day to 26,473, with the death toll adding by 40 to 1,613, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference here Sunday.

According to him, 293 more people had been discharged from hospitals, making the total number of recovered patients stand at 7,308.

Lao National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control is keen to treat the last three infected cases, so they can be discharged from the hospital as soon as possible.

The remaining three patients have light symptoms and they will be released from hospital if they test negative twice for the virus, Lao Deputy Minister of Health Phouthone Meaungpak told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane on Sunday.

As of Sunday, Laos has tested 6,928 suspected cases with 19 cases tested positive, and 16 patients have recovered.

India's federal health ministry on Sunday morning said 193 new deaths and an additional 8,380 positive cases were reported since Monday in the country, taking the number of deaths to 5,164 and total cases to 182,143.

South Korea reported 27 more cases of COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Sunday local time, raising the total number of infections to 11,468.

The daily caseload fell below 30 in five days. The confirmed cases rose fast in recent days due to a cluster infection at a logistics center of local e-commerce operator Coupang in Bucheon, west of the capital Seoul.

One more death was confirmed, leaving the death toll at 270.

New Zealand has reported no new case for nine days in a row, said a statement of the New Zealand Ministry of Health on Sunday.

New Zealand's combined total number of confirmed and probable cases stays at 1,504, of which 1,154 are confirmed, it said.

The country currently has 1,481 people reported as having recovered from COVID-19, unchanged from Saturday. The death toll remained at 22.

Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 506 new cases on Saturday, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 34,366.

Of the newly confirmed cases, five were cases in the community, and 501 were work permit holders residing in dormitories. There were no imported cases.

The number of cases that had passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection was 23.