S. Korea reports 51,874 new COVID-19 cases

A woman wearing a face mask passes by posters about precautions against the COVID-19 illness on a street in Seoul, South Korea, March 10, 2020. (AHN YOUNG-JOON / AP)

SEOUL / MANILA / SINGAPORE – South Korea recorded 51,874 new COVID-19 cases as of midnight Thursday compared to 24 hours ago, bringing the total number of infections to 24,316,302, the health authorities said Friday.

The daily caseload was down from 71,471 in the previous day and lower than 69,399 tallied a week earlier, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency.

For the past week, the daily average number of confirmed cases was 54,633.

Among the newly reported infections, 348 were imported cases, lifting the total to 63,299.

The latest number of infected people who were in a serious condition stood at 516, up 25 from the previous day.

Sixty more deaths were confirmed from the pandemic, taking the death toll to 27,725. The total fatality rate was 0.11 percent. 

A vendor wearing a protective facemask amid fears about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus serves a customer at a fruit stall in Singapore on May 8, 2020. (ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP)


Singapore reported 2,423 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total tally to 1,869,591.

Of the new cases, 217 cases were detected through PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and 2,206 through ART (antigen rapid test) tests, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Health.

Among the PCR cases, 194 were local transmissions and 23 were imported cases. Among the ART cases with mild symptoms and assessed to be of low risk, there were 1,992 local transmissions and 214 imported cases, respectively.

A total of 208 cases are currently warded in hospitals, with seven cases in intensive care units.

One death was reported from COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total death toll to 1,605, the ministry said.

Residents queue for COVID-19 vaccination in Marikina City, suburban Manila, Philippines, on Aug 6, 2021.

The Philippines

The Philippines reported 2,141 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 3,913,536.

The Department of Health (DOH) said the number of active cases rose to 24,843, while 31 more patients died from COVID-19 complications, pushing the country's death toll to 62,447.

Metro Manila, the capital region with over 13 million people, tallied 1,002 new cases.

The Philippines reported its highest COVID-19 single-day tally of 39,004 new cases on Jan 15. The country, with a population of around 110 million, has fully vaccinated over 72.8 million people.