Medical workers treat a COVID-19 patient at the coronavirus unit in Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center, Bnei Brak, April 13, 2020. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
(Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Asia-Pacific countries recorded more COVID-19 cases on Friday as India announced its biggest one-day spike of 83,341 infections, while Malaysia detected a new infection cluster.

India’s total tally rose to 3,936,747, as the death toll mounted to 68,472, showed the latest data released by the federal health ministry.

As many as 83,341 new cases and 1,096 deaths were recorded over the past 24 hours across the country.

There are 831,124 active cases across the country, while 3,037,151 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

Malaysia reported 11 new infections, bringing the national total to 9,385, the health ministry said.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement that seven of the new cases are imported and four more are local transmissions.

Health authorities have also identified another infection cluster traced to an immigration detention center in Selangor state, with three testing positive so far.

Another nine patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total cured and discharged to 9,092, or 96.9 percent, of all cases.

The number of confirmed cases in the Philippines surged to 232,072 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,714 new daily cases.

The DOH said the number of recoveries rose to 160,549 after it reported 1,088 more patients have survived the disease.

The DOH added that 49 more patients have died from the viral disease, bringing the death toll to 3,737.

In Indonesia, the total cases rose by 3,269 within one day to 187,537, with the death toll adding by 82 to 7,832, the health ministry said on Friday.

According to the ministry, 2,126 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 134,181.

Bangladesh reported 1,929 new COVID-19 cases and 29 new deaths, making the tally at 321,615 and death toll at 4,412, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The official data showed that 13,073 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh.

The total number of recovered patients in the country stood at 216,191, including 2,211 new recoveries on Friday, said the DGHS.

South Korea reported 198 more cases as of 0:00 a.m. Friday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 20,842.

The daily caseload stayed below 200 for two days, but it continued to grow in triple digits since Aug. 14 owing to cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province linked to church services and a massive rally held in central Seoul on Aug. 15.

Of the new cases, 68 were Seoul residents and 55 were people residing in Gyeonggi province, and nine were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 2,867.

Two more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 331.

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