India's COVID-19 death toll surpasses 350,000, Philippines reports 4,777 new cases

# 08 June 2021 19:57 (UTC +04:00)

The COVID-19 pandemic was still raging in Asia-Pacific on Tuesday as India's COVID-19 death toll surpassed 350,000, reaching 351,309, confirmed the country's health ministry, APA reports citing Xinhua.

As many as 2,123 people died due to the pandemic during the past 24 hours.

Besides, as many as 86,498 new cases were registered since Monday morning, taking the total tally to 28,996,473.

This is the lowest single-day spike in more than two months.

There are still 1,303,702 active cases in the country, with a decrease of 97,907 in the past 24 hours.

The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) reported 4,777 new infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,280,773.

Tuesday's caseload is the lowest since May 25 when the DOH reported 3,972.

The death toll climbed to 22,064 after 95 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.

Thailand accelerated vaccine rollout as it began a mass vaccination program Monday amid efforts to contain its worst outbreak so far and ensure the country's wider reopening to vaccinated foreign visitors.

The country has administered more than 4.63 million doses of vaccines in total, and aims to vaccinate about 70 percent of its nearly 70 million population by the end of this year.

On Tuesday, Thailand reported 2,662 new cases, bringing the total caseload to 182,548, jumping more than sixfold from the beginning of April when the third wave of outbreak started to spread from the capital Bangkok, according to the CCSA.

The country also reported 28 fatalities, taking the death toll to 1,297.

Cambodia's COVID-19 vaccination drive has received another boost after the country got a new batch of Chinese vaccines on Tuesday.

Cambodian health ministry's secretary of state Yok Sambath said the new arrival included Sinopharm vaccine donated by the Chinese government and those purchased from Chinese biopharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech.

So far, nearly 4.97 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the country, with 2.2 million people fully vaccinated, the health ministry said in a statement.

The country logged 678 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, pushing the national case tally to 35,511 with 278 deaths and 28,649 recoveries, the health ministry said.

Afghanistan's Public Health Ministry reported 1,724 new cases on Tuesday, taking the total infections to 84,050.

The pandemic has so far claimed 3,305 lives in Afghanistan since February last year, including 54 deaths in the past 24 hours, the ministry said in a statement.

A total of 571 patients were recovered during the cited period, according to the statement.

South Korea reported 454 more cases, raising the total number of infections to 145,091.

Of the new cases, 139 were Seoul residents and 125 were people residing in Gyeonggi province.

Nineteen cases were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 9,200.

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