Australia's two biggest states reported sharp increases in new Covid-19 infections Wednesday, dashing hopes new lockdown measures would be eased with more than half the country's population under stay-at-home orders.
A third state, South Australia, went into its first full day of a weeklong lockdown Wednesday, and reported one new case, Channel News Asia reported.
In Indonesia, President Joko Widodo has extended the country's pandemic lockdown through the weekend, saying restrictions would be lifted gradually starting Monday if daily infections continue to drop.
"If this trend continues, then the government will gradually reopen the economy July 26," Nikkei Asia quoted the president as saying.
In Thailand, there were a record 13,001 new cases, and 108 more deaths in the last 24 hours, health officials reported Wednesday morning.
Thailand ranked 51st in the world with accumulated cases at 439,477, The Bangkok Post said.
In China, the government reported 22 new cases in the mainland July 20 compared to 65 a day earlier, authorities said Wednesday.
China's total accumulated cases has now reached 92,363, with deaths unchanged at 4,635, according to Reuters.
Over in Hong Kong, more than a quarter of patients in the city had been immunized this month, most of them imported cases, South China Morning Post said.
But the Hong Kong Hospital Authority will not disclose what condition those patients who tested positive were in.
In the Philippines, stricter measures are likely to be reimposed as the Delta variant continues to pose a threat to the country, officials said Wednesday.
President Rodrigo Duterte said that tighter restrictions might be needed to prevent the Delta variant from spreading, which he said is a "cause for a serious alarm and concern," Inquirer News said.
In India, the government reported its highest death toll in a month Wednesday, at almost 4,000.
India's tally of cases stands at 31.21 million, with a death toll of 418,481, officials said.
In Vietnam, the case tally of the country's new virus wave climbed to 61,888 cases Wednesday morning with 2,774 new infections added in 23 cities and provinces.
More than 4.33 million people have been immunized in Vietnam but only 317,671 have been given two doses, VNExpress said.
In South Korea, officials reported a daily record of 1,784 cases for Tuesday, as the country struggled to contain a surge in outbreaks linked to the Delta variant.
Health authorities said new distancing rules are expected to be announced by Sunday.
Worldwide, there are 191 million cases and 4.11 million deaths.