Fri, 22 Jan 2021

HONG KONG, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- The number of Pakistan's COVID-19 positive cases hit the 400,000-threshold on Thursday, as South Korean students took the college entrance exam amid the resurgence of virus.

The number of Pakistan's COVID-19 positive cases has surged to 406,810 with 3,499 people being tested positive over the last 24 hours, the country's health ministry said.

A total of 8,205 people died and 346,951 recovered from the disease in the country which is battling a serious second wave, the ministry said on its website.

South Korea reported 540 more cases compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 35,703, as the students took the annual college entrance exam amid the COVID-19 resurgence.

The daily caseload hovered above 500 for two straight days, growing in triple digits for 26 days running owing to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.

Cambodia's Ministry of Health announced in a statement that two more people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the total number of infected people in the first-ever community transmission to 19.

Afghanistan reported 276 new confirmed COVID-19 cases after health authorities conducted 2,379 tests in the past 24 hours, bringing the total tally to 47,256, including 8,113 active cases.

The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines reported 1,061 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the country's total tally to 435,413.

The DOH said that 328 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 399,325. The death toll rose to 8,446 after 10 more patients died from the coronavirus epidemic.

The Philippines' unemployment rate in October 2020 stood at 8.7 percent amid the lockdown restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19, the Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

Laos has conducted 80,188 COVID-19 tests, with 39 positive cases, according to the Lao Ministry of Health.

Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control under Lao Ministry of Health, Sisavath Soutthaniraxay, told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane that Laos has been carrying out tests every day for COVID-19 since January, with the total number of tests reaching 80,188.

India's COVID-19 tally reached 9,534,964 as 35,551 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, according to the latest data from the federal health ministry.

According to the data, the death toll mounted to 138,648 as 526 patients died since Wednesday morning.

New Zealand reported nine new cases in managed isolation, with no new community cases.

Of the nine new cases, four are active cases while five are termed as "historical cases." People with a historical COVID-19 infection are not infectious, according to the Ministry of Health.

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