Japan’s new COVID cases over 100,000 for 1st time in 2 months

A person wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus stands in front of a public awareness notice for COVID-19 protection in Shinjuku district on July 14, 2022, in Tokyo. (EUGENE HOSHIKO / AP)

TOKYO / MANILA / YANGON / SINGAPORE / KUALA LUMPUR – New daily COVID-19 infections in Japan will exceed 100,000 on Tuesday for first time in two months, Fuji Television reported.

This came after the government scrapped COVID-19 border controls and introduced a domestic travel subsidy program in a bid to spur inbound and local tourism last month, Kyodo News reported.

Cases have been on the rise in recent weeks in what some authorities have called the eighth wave in the course of the pandemic. New daily infections in Japan have not reached 100,000 since Sept 14, according to health ministry data.

Tokyo reported 11,196 cases, surpassing the 10,000 threshold for the first time in two months, while Hokkaido, the northernmost main island and a popular tourist destination, reported a record 10,906 cases.


Malaysia reported 2,852 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Tuesday, bringing the national total to 4,953,418, according to the health ministry.

There are three new imported cases, with 2,849 cases being local transmissions, data released on the ministry's website showed.

Another 12 new deaths have been reported, pushing the death toll to 36,566.

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A woman receives a shot of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine in Yangon, Myanmar, Aug 29, 2021. (PHOTO / XINHUA)


Myanmar confirmed 94 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total tally to 632,805, according to the Ministry of Health on Tuesday.

The ministry said in a statement that health authorities tested 8,329 people for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and the daily positivity rate was 1.13 percent.

The death toll from COVID-19 in the country remained unchanged at 19,486 on Tuesday as no new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, the ministry said.

A man shops for face masks in Divisoria, a local shopping district in Manila on May 17, 2022. (JAM STA ROSA / AFP)


The Philippines reported 1,071 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, pushing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 4,020,240.

The Department of Health (DOH) said the number of active cases rose to 19,940, while 15 more patients died from COVID-19 complications, taking the country's death toll to 64,420.

Metro Manila, the capital region with over 13 million people, tallied 216 new cases.

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Singapore reported 3,111 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total tally to 2,144,522.

A total of 240 cases are currently warded in hospitals, with 15 of them in intensive care units, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Health.

No new deaths from COVID-19 were reported on Tuesday, leaving the death toll unchanged at 1,697.