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India registers 10,064 new COVID-19 cases, Pakistan approves China's Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use
From:Xinhua  |  2021-01-19 20:02

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HONG KONG, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Asia-Pacific countries registered more COVID-19 cases on Tuesday as India registered 10,064 more daily infections, while some countries have ramped up or prepared for their vaccine campaign.

India's COVID-19 tally rose to 10,581,837, said the latest data from the health ministry, and the death toll mounted to 152,556 as 137 COVID-19 patients died since Monday morning.

India's vaccine maker Bharat Biotech issued a set of cautionary guidelines for people with certain conditions, highlighting those getting vaccinated should consult with their vaccine provider and preferably avoid getting the Covaxin shot.

The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has approved a vaccine by China's Sinopharm for emergency use amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.

A handout by DRAP on its official website late Monday read that Sinopharm, one of the two vaccines approved by the authority, has been given emergency use authorization after evaluating its safety and quality.

Bangladesh reported 702 new COVID-19 cases and 20 new deaths, making the tally at 529,031 and death toll at 7,942, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

Afghanistan recorded 137 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing its total tally to 54,278, including 6,864 active cases, its Ministry of Public Health said.

Thailand confirmed 171 new COVID-19 cases, mostly detected through active testing, according to Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of the new cases, 158 were domestic infections while 13 others referred to those who had returned from abroad and tested positive in this country, CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin told a press conference.

The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines reported 1,357 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 504,084.

The death toll climbed to 9,978 after 69 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. It added that 324 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 466,249.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has noted the safety of vaccines development by China's biopharmaceutical companies, defending his government's decision to buy Chinese vaccines.

Cambodia reported two more imported COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections in the kingdom to 441, said a health ministry (MoH) statement. The new cases were a one-year-old Indonesian boy and a 31-year-old Cambodian woman, the statement said.

South Korea reported 386 more cases of COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 73,115. The daily caseload stayed below 400 for two straight days, but it hovered above 100 since Nov. 8, 2020, owing to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.

A vaccine adviser to the Australian government said the country will likely go ahead with the Pfizer vaccine despite recipients dying in Norway. Enditem