A third Australian state announced lockdown rules Tuesday to contain the spread of the Covid-19 Delta variant, with South Australia joining an extended lockdown in Victoria and a five-week shutdown in Sydney.
"We're seeing more hospitalizations, more admissions to ICU, more people on ventilators - we have to stop the spread of Covid," New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said in Sydney Tuesday, according to Reuters.
In Indonesia, Muslims across the country marked a grim Eid al-Adha festival for a second year Tuesday as Indonesia struggles to cope with a disastrous new wave of infections.
The celebrations in Jakarta were quieter Tuesday, as many families pray inside their homes and greet their families and friends by calling them on the phone, The Guardian said.
In Singapore, health officials reported 163 new local infections Monday, with 116 cases linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster and 20 cases with links to the KTV cluster, Channel News Asia said.
In total, Singapore reported 172 new infections Monday.
In Japan, an American gymnast and a Czech beach volleyball player were added Tuesday to the list of people accredited for the Tokyo Olympics who have tested positive for the virus.
Other newly reported infections across Japan include Games contractors and a volunteer, The Associated Press said.
In the Philippines, the Department of Health said Tuesday the country now has eight active cases of the more contagious Delta variant.
The eight active cases are among the 16 Delta variant infections the DOH recently reported. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they were able to identify 91 close contacts of the 16 new cases, Rappler reported.
Over in China, authorities have reported its highest daily increase in new cases since January, triggered by an outbreak in Yunnan province, which shares a border with Myanmar, where the virus is surging because of the spread of the Delta variant.
Imported infections accounted for most of the new cases, with Yunnan reporting 41 new infections originating from abroad, officials said.
In Hong Kong, authorities said they could vaccinate 70% of its population with at least one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine by October.
The financial district is currently administering a daily rate of 30,000 shots, but this alone would not be enough to return the city to normalcy or allow it to reopen its borders, a top government health adviser said.
In Vietnam, health officials confirmed Monday evening 80 deaths from the disease that had occurred from July 9-19, pushing the country's death tally to almost 300.
The health ministry said there were almost 1,000 patients nationwide with severe and very severe cases Monday, with 12 diagnosed to be close to death, VNExpress reported.
In South Korea, the military has recorded its largest cluster of infections to date, with more than 80% of crew onboard a destroyer on patrol in the Gulf of Aden testing positive, according to Reuters.
Navy officials have begun an operation to airlift the ship's personnel home, the report said.
In Malaysia, the government's Covid-19 Immunization Task Force said it is cooperating with authorities to investigate claims of recipients not being properly injected with vaccines.
"If found guilty, the task force will not hesitate to terminate the services of the officers involved and take firm actions based on the provisions of the law," CNA reported.
In Thailand, there were 80 deaths and 11,305 new infections recorded Monday, the Public Health Ministry said Tuesday morning.
The 80 fatalities were aged 14-94 years and 76 were Thailand citizens, two were Myanmar nationals and the two others from Laos and France, officials said.
Worldwide, there are currently 191 million cases of the virus. Some 4.1 million have died from it.