Asia-Pacific Coronavirus News: Japanese gov't adds 4 other areas into state of emergency, another Aussie state plunges into lockdown

Source: Xinhua| 2021-08-02 19:45:24|Editor: huaxia

Health workers administer COVID-19 vaccines for recipients during a mass vaccination at a traditional market in Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug. 2, 2021. (Xinhua/Zulkarnain)

-- Indonesia reports 22,404 new cases, 1,568 more deaths;

-- Japanese gov't adds 4 other areas into COVID-19 state of emergency;

-- Australia's state of Queensland plunges into lockdown while Sydney's cases continue to increase.

HONG KONG, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- The following are the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia-Pacific countries on Monday:

JAKARTA -- The number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 22,404 within one day to 3,462,800, with the death toll adding by 1,568 to 97,291, the Health Ministry said.

Health workers conduct investigation to trace chains of infection to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Suva, Fiji, May 26, 2021. (FIJI SUN/Handout via Xinhua)

SUVA -- Fiji's Permanent Secretary for Health James Fong confirmed 13 new COVID-19 deaths from July 29 to Aug. 1 and 1,100 new daily infections.

The death toll due to COVID-19 has reached 254 in the island nation, and the seven-day rolling average of deaths per day is seven.

Vehicles in heavy traffic are seen in Makati of Metro Manila, the Philippines, July 30, 2021. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

MANILA -- The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 8,167 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,605,762.

The death toll climbed to 28,093 after 77 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH added.

A vendor wearing a face mask waits for customers in Peshawar, northwestern Pakistan, on July 27, 2021. (Photo by Saeed Ahmad/Xinhua)

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan on Sunday reported 4,858 new COVID-19 cases, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said, and the country's number of overall confirmed cases had risen to 1,039,695, including 943,020 recoveries.

A health worker collects a nasal swab sample from a man for COVID-19 infection test in Agartala, the capital city of India's northeastern state of Tripura, July 30, 2021. (Str/Xinhua)

NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 31,695,958 as 40,134 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry's latest data.

Besides, as many as 422 deaths due to the pandemic were reported since Sunday morning, taking the total death toll to 424,773.

Photo taken on July 21, 2021 shows a sign of COVID-19 countermeasures at the Equestrian Park in Tokyo, Japan. (Xinhua/Zhu Zheng)

TOKYO -- Joining Tokyo and Okinawa, the four prefectures of Chiba, Kanagawa, Saitama, and Osaka entered into a COVID-19 state of emergency in Japan due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

Photo taken on July 28, 2021 shows an empty street in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Hu Jingchen/Xinhua)

SYDNEY -- As Australia's most populous city of Sydney continues to battle its spiralling outbreak of COVID-19 triggered by the Delta variant, the neighbouring state of Queensland is struggling to reign in its own outbreak caused by the same variant.

The Queensland government announced that the current three-day snap lockdown on 11 areas in the state's south-east, including Brisbane City and Gold Coast, will be extended until 4 p.m. local time this Sunday.

An adolescent receives his first dose of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Aug. 1, 2021. (Photo by Ly Lay/Xinhua)

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia confirmed a daily record of 560 COVID-19 infections including 169 imported cases, pushing the national total caseload to 78,474 so far, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a statement.

Three Cambodian dogs had been successfully trained to sniff out COVID-19, Director General of the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) Heng Ratana said.

A woman wearing a facial mask walks along a street in Seoul, capital of South Korea, July 9, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Jingqiang)

SEOUL -- South Korea reported 1,219 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Sunday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 201,002.

The daily caseload was down from 1,442 in the prior day, but it hovered above 1,000 for 27 straight days. The daily average tally for the past week was 1,549.

People line up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Auckland, New Zealand, July 31, 2021. (Photo by Zhao Gang/Xinhua)

WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported four new cases of COVID-19 in recent returnees in managed isolation facilities, and no cases in the community.

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