Vietnam Registers First Death Of COVID-19, As Philippines And Tokyo See Record Number Of Daily Cases

HONG KONG, Aug 1 (NNN-XINHUA) – Vietnam registered its first COVID-19 death yesterday, amid a resurgence of infections in the country, while the Philippines and Tokyo, confirmed record numbers of daily cases.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed that a 70-year-old Vietnamese man died of COVID-19, which is the country’s first death from the disease.

The patient, with a history of heart failure and pneumonia, tested positive for COVID-19 on July 26, and died early morning on Friday (yesterday).

After going through over three months without any local transmission, Vietnam has seen a number of infections in the community since July 25.

Fiji also reported its first death from COVID-19 on the same day. Health Minister, Ifereimi Waqainabete, said, a 66-year-old Fijian man, who had a history of cardiac problems and returned from India early July, died in hospital in Lautoka, Fiji’s second largest city.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 93,354, after the Department of Health (DOH), reported 4,063 new cases, the largest single-day increase, since the disease emerged in the country in Jan.

Tokyo Governor, Yuriko Koike, confirmed 463 new COVID-19 infections in the capital, with the figure marking a new record daily increase, eclipsing the previous single-day record of 367 on Thursday.

Australia recorded the second-highest daily cases, while the death toll is on the brink of surpassing 200, with a total number of 196 deaths and 651 new cases during the last 24 hours.

This is the second largest daily number in the country, after Thursday’s record of 747, according to the update from Michael Kidd, the Australian government deputy chief medical officer.

According to the federal government, hundreds of workers from the Pacific are set to be allowed to enter Australia, to help farmers harvest crops despite border closures.

Bangladesh reported 2,772 new cases, bringing the total to over 237,000. Nasima Sultana, a senior Health Ministry official, said in a briefing that, 28 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 2,040 within one day to 108,376, with the death toll added by 73 to 5,131, the Health Ministry said.

New Zealand reported no new cases, with the number of active cases in the country standing at 20, all in managed isolation facilities.

South Korea reported 36 more cases compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 14,305.– NNN-XINHUA