Roundup: Confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to mount in some Asian countries, with Bangladesh, India recording biggest daily increase

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HONG KONG, May 20 (Xinhua) -- More confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in some Asian countries on Wednesday, with Bangladesh and India confirming the biggest daily jump.

Bangladesh reported the biggest daily increase of 1,617 new infections, taking the total to 26,738.

Sixteen more people died in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll in the country to 386.

India also witnessed the largest single day spike as 5,611 positive cases were reported, bringing the total cases to 106,750 as of Wednesday morning.

A total of 140 new deaths were recorded in the country, taking the number of deaths to 3,303.

In Indonesia, the total cases rose by 693 within one day to 19,189, and the death toll increased by 21 to 1,242.

The Philippine health department on Wednesday reported 279 new infections, bringing the total number in the country to 13,221.

In a daily bulletin, the Department of Health said 89 more patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the number of recoveries to 2,932, and five more patients have died, bringing the death toll to 842.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia totaled 7,009 after 31 new cases were reported, according to its health ministry.

Among these new cases, 21 are local transmissions, 10 are imported cases.

No new fatalities had been reported, leaving the total at 114 deaths.

The Afghan Ministry of Public Health said that 492 people, including 262 in the capital city Kabul, have been tested positive over the last 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 8,145.

A total of 188 patients have died and 390 others have recovered since the outbreak in mid February.

Solomon Islands authorities started to enforce the scheduled lockdown around the capital city Honiara area from Wednesday morning, local media reported.

During the 36-hour lockdown, no one will be allowed to leave their residence. All businesses will be closed during that period. No vessels will be allowed to leave or arrive at the Honiara port after 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday until after 6:00 a.m. on Friday.

Cambodia on Wednesday lifted a ban on foreign travelers from the United States, Iran, and four European countries after the kingdom has reported no new infections for more than a month.

The ban lifting came after the country has detected no new infections since April 12, and all 122 patients in the kingdom have recovered.

South Korea reported 32 more cases compared to 24 hours ago as of midnight Wednesday, raising the total number of infections to 11,110.

The daily caseload rose above 30 in nine days. Of the new cases, eight were imported, lifting the combined figure to 1,189.

New Zealand recorded no new cases again on Wednesday, with the combined total of confirmed and probable cases remaining at 1,503, according to the Ministry of Health. Enditem

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