Australia has deployed hundreds of soldiers to Sydney to help enforce a pandemic lockdown.

An outbreak of the Delta variant has produced almost 3,000 infections and led to nine deaths.

Soldiers from the Australian Defense Force will train this weekend before they are sent on patrols Monday, the BBC said.

In Thailand, the government received its first batch of 1.5 million doses of Pfizer vaccines donated by the U.S. government Friday, Reuters said.

The U.S. will send another 1 million doses on top of the batch it delivered Friday, U.S. Charge d'Affaires in Thailand Michael Heath said as the country grapples with its biggest outbreak to date.

In China, the country's pandemic measures are under intense pressure after an airport cluster in Nanjing is believed to have led to infections in 15 cities across China in just over a week, the South China Morning Post said.

The spread is being fueled by the Delta variant that has now swept across 132 countries, the World Health Organization said.

Over in Hong Kong, two Hong Kong developers said Friday they're giving out a second million-dollar apartment as a lottery prize if the number of inoculated people in the city reaches 5 million by the end of September.

Sino Group's philanthropic unit and Chinese Estates Holdings will give away a HK$12 million ($1.5 million) apartment should immunization numbers hit the target figure, the developers said in a statement Friday, Bloomberg said.

In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte approved Friday the implementation of lockdown measures in the capital region, in an attempt to curb the spread of the Delta variant.

"While it is a painful decision, this is for the good of all," Presidential representative Harry Roque said in a televised address.

In Vietnam, the outbreak continues to increase with 4,987 new local patients confirmed Friday morning in 20 municipalities, including 2,740 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam has inoculated more than 5.52 million people, including 546,401 who have received two shots, VNExpress said.

In Singapore, the country detected 128 new local infections as of noon Thursday, including 50 infections with no connections to previous cases.

Sixty-eight were tied to previous infections and had already been quarantined. Another 11 linked cases were detected through surveillance testing, Channel News Asia said.

In Japan, new daily infections topped 10,000 for the first time.

The Tokyo metropolitan government detected a record-high 3,864 new cases in the capital Thursday, officials said.

In Indonesia, authorities are hoping to ramp up its immunization program to administer up to 2.5 million shots a day by September.

Indonesia hopes to achieve a daily rollout of 5 million doses, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan said.

Worldwide, there are currently 194 million cases of the virus and 4.2 million deaths.