Policemen stand guard at a temporary checkpoint on a road in Kathmandu, Nepal, on March 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhou Shengping)
-- Nepal to extend national lockdown
-- Vietnam to suspend all inbound flights
-- Myanmar suspends int'l commercial passenger flights from landing
-- India COVID-19 death toll rises to 27, with total cases reaching 1,024
HONG KONG, March 30 (Xinhua) -- The following is the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia-Pacific countries.
KATHMANDU -- As the number of the COVID-19 cases keeps rising in Nepal, the Nepali government on Sunday decided to extend the ongoing lockdown by eight days.
The country has been enforcing lockdown since last Tuesday, halting the movement of people along with vehicles and airplanes as well as closing most of the shops except those selling essential items.
A health worker wearing protective equipment examines a patient in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 29, 2020. (Photo by Sulav Shrestha/Xinhua)
"The cabinet on Sunday decided to extend the lockdown until April 7 mid-night," Finance Minister and Minister for Communication and Information Technology Yubaraj Khatiwada told Nepal Television, state-owned television after a cabinet meeting on Sunday night.
HANOI -- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Sunday agreed to suspend all inbound flights to the country in the next two weeks in an effort to better control the COVID-19 outbreak, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Vietnam will also reduce domestic flights starting from Monday until April 15, the news agency reported Sunday.
Passengers are transferred to a hospital for quarantine after returning from Japan by air at Cam Ranh International Airport in Vietnam's province of Khanh Hoa, on March 22, 2020. (VNA via Xinhua)
Vietnam has confirmed a total of 188 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday evening, according to the country's Ministry of Health.
YANGON -- Myanmar's Yangon International Airport announced on Sunday that the landing of all international commercial passenger flights will not be allowed in all Myanmar airports with effect from March 30 to April 13 to contain COVID-19 spread, according to a notice from the Ministry of Health and Sports and the Department of Civil Aviation.
A woman wearing a facial mask walks along a street in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, March 29, 2020. (Xinhua/U Aung)
The Department of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Health and Sports advised that all landing permissions previously granted by the Department of Civil Aviation are suspended so as to prevent the spread of the highly infectious COVID-19, the announcement said.
The temporary measures will not affect relief flights, all-cargo flights, medical evacuation flights, and special flights specifically approved by the Department of Civil Aviation.
NEW DELHI -- The death toll due to COVID-19 in India Sunday evening rose to 27 as the number of confirmed cases reached 1,024, the federal health ministry said.
"Death toll related to novel coronavirus has reached 27," reads the information released by the ministry at 7:30 p.m. local time.
A staff member disembarks a train which is being converted into isolation wards in Guwahati, India, on March 29, 2020. (Str/Xinhua)
According to ministry officials, so far 96 people have been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement, with the number of active cases in the country right now at 901, reads the information released by the ministry.
JAKARTA -- The Indonesian government said on Sunday the death toll of COVID-19 in the country climbed to 114, the highest in Southeast Asia.
Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases jumped to 1,285, and 64 patients have recovered.
Security officers wearing masks are seen during the Melasti ritual in Bali, Indonesia, March 22, 2020. (Photo by Agoes Rudianto/Xinhua)
TOKYO -- Japan on Sunday reported that the total number of COVID-19 infections has risen to 1,799.
Of the new cases, 68 were confirmed in Tokyo, the second consecutive day the capital city logged more than 60 cases.
The death toll stands at 65, including 10 from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship.
A woman wearing mask looks up to admire the cherry blossom by the street in Tokyo, Japan, March 22, 2020. (Xinhua/Du Xiaoyi)
VIENTIANE -- A team of Chinese medical experts, along with medical materials, arrived in Lao capital Vientiane by a chartered plane Sunday morning to assist Laos to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chinese medical team includes experts in various fields such as infection prevention and control, intensive care, epidemics, and laboratory testing. They also brought along with medical supplies.
Laos has detected eight confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Saturday afternoon.
Chinese medical expert team took a group photo with the Lao side and representatives from Chinese embassy, Chinese companies and overseas Chinese at the Wattay International Airport in Lao capital Vientiane on March 29, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Jianhua)
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. (color:rgb(51,127,229);)(color:rgb(51,127,229);)