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Japan lifts state of emergency completely, India records about 7,000 new cases

| Updated: May 26, 2020 09:37:00

People wearing masks walk in a street in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan, May 24, 2020. (Xinhua/Du Xiaoyi) People wearing masks walk in a street in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan, May 24, 2020. (Xinhua/Du Xiaoyi)

The following are the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia-Pacific countries.

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday lifted a state of emergency in the Tokyo metropolitan area and Hokkaido as the spread of the COVID-19 in these areas is now under control, entirely ending the emergency in all of the country's 47 prefectures.

MANILA -- The Philippines on Monday reported 284 new cases of the COVID-19, pushing the total number of cases to 14,319 since the highly infectious disease emerged in the country in January.

NEW DELHI -- India's health ministry Monday morning said 154 new deaths due to COVID-19, besides fresh 6,977 positive cases were reported since Sunday in the country, taking the number of deaths to 4,021 and total cases to 138,845.

This is the highest one day spike in COVID-19 cases so far in the country, showed the data.

India's western state of Maharashtra has surpassed the milestone of 50,000 COVID-19 cases with its capital Mumbai surpassing 30,000 cases mark, as per the official update late Sunday.

WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported no new case of COVID-19 on Monday, with the combined total of confirmed and probable cases staying at 1,504, according to the Ministry of Health.

SYDNEY -- Public school students in several Australian states returned to classrooms on Monday, as state leaders unveiled further plans to ease COVID-19 restrictions.

A student prepares to enter the campus in Sydney, Australia, May 25, 2020. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

SEOUL -- South Korea reported 16 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Monday local time, raising the total number of infections to 11,206.

The daily caseload fell below 20 in four days. Of the new cases, three were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 1,215.

A three-day drive-in concert was held over the weekend in South Korea to secure safety and provide comfort for people tired of enduring the prolonged COVID-19 outbreak, Hyundai Motor Company said Monday.

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