Medical workers work at a newly built mobile testing station in Auckland, New Zealand, March 23, 2020.(Photo by Li Qiaoqiao/Xinhua)
-- New Zealand reports first death of COVID-19
-- Australian prime minister announces 678 mln USD health support package
-- South Korea reports 105 more cases, eight more deaths
-- Myanmar announces temporary suspension of all types of visas for foreign nationals from all countries
HONG KONG, March 29 (Xinhua) -- The following is the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia-Pacific countries.
WELLINGTON -- A woman in her 70s was confirmed the first death case of COVID-19 in New Zealand, announced New Zealand government Sunday afternoon.
The woman passed away in Greymouth Hospital in West Coast region, South Island early Sunday morning. She tested positive for the virus on Friday morning.
Photo taken on March 23, 2020 shows the notice at a post office in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Liu Changchang/Xinhua)
CANBERRA -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt on Sunday announced the 1.1-billion-Australian dollar (about 678-million-U.S. dollar) package, which includes funding for mental health and domestic violence support, emergency food services and Medicare, Australia's universal health care system.
A total of 150 million Australian dollars (92.5 million U.S. dollars) will be spent on domestic, family and sexual violence initiatives after data from Google revealed a 75 percent uptick in searches related to domestic violence since the government introduced social distancing measures.
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia was 3,809 as of Sunday morning.
Medics work at an Open Walk-Through checkpoint in Incheon International Airport, South Korea, March 27, 2020. (Photo by Lee Sang-ho/Xinhua)
SEOUL -- South Korea reported 105 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of midnight Sunday local time, raising the total number of infections to 9,583.
Eight more deaths were confirmed, lifting the death toll to 152. The total fatality rate came in at 1.59 percent.
People stand in queue in front of a pharmacy in Yangon, Myanmar, March 24, 2020. (Xinhua/U Aung)
YANGON -- Myanmar's Foreign Affairs Ministry announced temporary suspension of all types of visas for foreign nationals from all countries with effect from March 29 till April 30 as part of measures to control the risks of COVID-19 spread on Sunday.
The announcement included the suspension of the issuance of all types of visas (including social visit visa) to all foreign nationals, except diplomats accredited to Myanmar, United Nations officials resident in Myanmar and crew of ships and aircraft operating to and from Myanmar.■