July 27, 2020, 06.18 PM

"The tragedy of Covid-19 is that we know, with the number of new infections that we have seen today, that there will be many further deaths in the days ahead," Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd told reporters.

Read also: Mitigating Coronavirus Pandemic Will Cost Australia $131 Billion in 2020

In Japan, the government said it would urge business leaders to ramp up anti-virus measures such as staggered shifts, and aimed to see rates of telecommuting achieved during an earlier state of emergency.

"At one point, commuter numbers were down by 70 to 80 percent, but now it's only about 30 percent," Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said late on Sunday.

"We really don't want to backtrack on this, so we have to explore new ways of working and keep telecommuting high," continued Yasutoshi.

Japan has avoided mass infections but a record surge in cases during the past week in Tokyo and other urban centers has experts worried the country faces a second wave.

Vietnam is evacuating 80,000 people, mostly local tourists, from the central city of Danang.

The move came after three residents tested positive for the coronavirus at the weekend, the government said on Monday.

The Southeast Asian country is back on high alert after the government on Saturday confirmed its first community infections since April, and another three cases on Sunday, all in Danang.

In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to focus on Covid-19 and the economy in his annual State of the Nation Address on Monday.

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