Two Australian men with underlying medical conditions have died after contracting swine flu, health officials said Monday, while Thailand reported its third death related to the virus.
The Philippines is the only other country in the Asia-Pacific region to record a swine flu-related death.
The Australian men, aged 50 and 85, died over the weekend in Victoria state, where more than 40 percent of Australia's 3,519 swine flu cases have been reported, Victoria deputy chief health officer Rosemary Lester said Monday.
All seven people who have died in Australia since June 19 had other serious medical conditions, and authorities have not found the virus to be the direct cause of any of the deaths.
In Thailand, a navy cadet died Monday morning at Sattahib Naval Base, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of Bangkok, Department of Medical Services spokesman Rewat Wisarutvej said.
The ministry last week said at least seven cadets at the base were infected. Officials refused to release further information about the cadet, citing privacy laws.
A 40-year-old Thai woman died June 20 at a Bangkok hospital, while a 42-year-old Thai man died Saturday at a hospital in southern Chonburi province, the ministry said.
Thailand has reported 1,330 swine flu cases, with 18 still in the hospital although none was critically ill.
China will step up its efforts to reduce secondary transmissions and community outbreaks of swine flu, especially with the prospect of a more rapid spread of the disease this fall and winter, a top health ministry official said Monday.
Liang Wannian, deputy director of the Ministry of Health's emergency office, said health workers would increase their focus on schools, communities and other public venues, and disease monitoring and care for the seriously ill.
The ministry is sticking to current measures such as quarantines, but those plans will be adjusted if experts think it is necessary, he said.
The new efforts were being announced as southern Guangdong province reported it now has 233 swine flu cases _ accounting for one-third of China's total of 729 cases, according to the Health Ministry.
Singapore's health ministry said the city-state confirmed 145 more cases of swine flu Sunday, the most in a single day since the virus was first reported there last month.
The ministry said in a statement late Sunday that 599 cases have been confirmed, with about half of the 494 investigated cases brought in from overseas.
New Zealand confirmed another 64 cases Monday, taking its nationwide count to 587. Almost half of the cases have been confirmed in the past week. It also confirmed a second patient has been hospitalized and is in critical condition. The first to be hospitalized, a 30-year-old woman, has been in critical care for more than a week.
Indonesian Health Ministry spokesman Sumardi, who goes by one name as is common in Indonesia, reported six confirmed cases over the weekend, taking the national total to eight.
The World Health Organization reported 59,814 swine flu cases in more than 100 countries and 263 virus-related deaths in its latest update on Friday.