Pakistan sees lowest COVID-19 positivity rate in 8 months, Indonesia reports 13,668 new cases
thamnguyen99 22-06-2021, 20:24
Pakistan sees lowest COVID-19 positivity rate in 8 months, Indonesia reports 13,668 new cases

Officers set up blocks during a road closure as a part of the COVID-19 restrictions in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 21, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)   

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in Asia-Pacific countries as Indonesia reported 13,668 new cases on Tuesday and India's coronavirus tally was close to 30 million, meanwhile, Pakistan saw the lowest positivity rate in eight months.

India's COVID-19 tally rose to 29,977,861, with 42,640 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, said the federal health ministry.

This was the first time that less than 50,000 daily cases were reported in a day after 91 days, according to the ministry.

Besides, 1,167 COVID-19 deaths have been recorded since Monday morning, taking the country's death toll to 389,302.

The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 13,668 within one day to 2,018,113, with the death toll adding by 335 to 55,291, the Health Ministry said.

According to the ministry, 8,375 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 1,810,136.

Pakistan on Monday recorded a COVID-19 positivity rate of 1.7 percent, the lowest over the last eight months, official statistics revealed on Tuesday.

The country faced a serious third wave of COVID-19 recently with the national positivity rate exceeding 11 percent, but the situation was brought under control by a massive vaccination campaign, and strict restrictions on business, education as well as social activities.

The tally of confirmed cases rose to 949,838 in the country, the NCOC said, adding that 27 people died of the disease on Monday, raising the death toll to 22,034.

Afghanistan recorded 2,202 new cases of COVID-19, raising the total tally to 107,957, the Ministry of Public Health said.

The government-run and private laboratories conducted 5,499 tests in the past 24 hours, with 2,202 of them being positive with the virus, the ministry said in a graph providing daily COVID-19 figures.

Meanwhile, it reported an additional 497 recoveries from the pandemic and 73 new deaths in the country, raising the COVID-19 related death toll to 4,366.

The total number of COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka reached 241,820 after 2,098 patients were reported a day earlier, statistics from the Health Ministry showed.

According to official figures, out of the total reported patients, 207,287 patients had recovered and been discharged from hospitals.

Figures showed that 2,633 deaths have been reported from the virus.

Republic of Korea (ROK) reported 261 more cases of COVID-19 variants for the past week, bringing the total number of such cases to 2,225, the health authorities said.

In the latest tally, the ROK reported 395 more cases of COVID-19 for the past 24 hours, raising the total number of infections to 151,901.

Fiji has upgraded restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 as the country continued to witness growing COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Fiji recorded 126 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally to 2,090, and the recovered patients reached 532, while the death toll stood at seven, according to the health ministry.

The Fiji Police and Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) personnel have set up checkpoints to ensure that no one comes out of Qauia as a two-day lockdown started on Tuesday.

The number of COVID-19 cases related to the Bondi cluster in the latest outbreak in Australia's Sydney grew to 21.

The state of New South Wales (NSW) recorded five locally acquired cases in the 24 hours to 8:00 p.m. local time on Monday night.

The health department was also notified with another seven new local cases overnight.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a one-week extension of mandatory mask wearing in indoor public venues of Greater Sydney to June 30 midnight after the worrying rise of new cases.

However, she dismissed any form of lockdown in Sydney at this stage, saying the existing measures match the current risk at the moment.