Asian countries reported record rises of new coronavirus cases as the WHO warned the effects of the pandemic would be felt for decades and the scramble for a vaccine heated up.

India and the Philippines reported record increases in new daily infections at 57,000 and 5,000 respectively, despite tightened restrictions.   

The World Health Organization has said the pandemic was a “once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come”.

Outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad
India has the third-highest cases in the world, and the most in Asia, with over 1.5 million peopl infected [File: Amit Dave/Reuters]

Source: Aljazeera

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