Roundup: India's COVID-19 tally crosses 11-mln mark, Indonesia reports 10,180 new cases

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HONG KONG, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in Asia-Pacific countries as India's tally crossed the 11-million mark on Monday while Indonesia reported 10,180 new cases.

India's COVID-19 tally crossed the 11-million mark, reaching 11,005,850 as 14,199 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the federal health ministry.

According to the official data, the death toll mounted to 156,385 as 83 COVID-19 patients died since Sunday morning.

There are still 150,055 active cases in the country, while 10,699,410 people have been discharged so far from hospitals after medical treatment.

There was an increase of 4,421 active cases during the previous 24 hours. The number of active cases in India have been on the rise for the past five consecutive days.

The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 10,180 within one day to 1,288,833, with the death toll adding by 202 to 34,691, the Health Ministry said.

According to the ministry, 9,918 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 1,096,994.

The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines reported 2,288 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 563,456.

The death toll climbed to 12,094 after six more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. It added 33 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 522,874.

The Philippines has officially approved the emergency use of China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, the country's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Monday.

China's Sinovac Biotech is the third vaccine maker that was given the green light by the FDA.

South Korea reported 332 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Sunday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 87,324.

Five more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 1,562. The total fatality rate stood at 1.79 percent.

A total of 371 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 77,887. The total recovery rate was 89.19 percent.

Tokyo reported 178 new daily COVID-19 infections, marking the first time the daily tally has dropped below the 200-mark since Nov. 24.

According to the Tokyo metropolitan government's preliminary figures, daily infections have also remained below 500 for 16 straight days.

Thailand confirmed 89 new COVID-19 cases, mostly domestic, according to the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangsan.

Thailand has so far confirmed 25,504 cases, 22,792 of which were reported as domestic while 2,712 others referred to those who had returned from abroad, according to the CCSA.

So far, 24,361 patients have fully recovered and been released from hospitals while 1,060 others are currently hospitalized and 83 fatalities have been reported.

Cambodia confirmed 35 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections in the kingdom to 568, said a Ministry of Health (MoH) statement.

"The MoH once again urges all people across the country, especially those in capital Phnom Penh and Kandal province, to be highly vigilant and to advise their family members to strictly follow self-protection measures set out by the government," the statement said.

It also called on people who realized that they were involved in the Feb. 20 community COVID-19 outbreak to go for COVID-19 tests at the Chak Angre Health Center in southern Phnom Penh and to quarantine for 14 days at home. Enditem

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