Thailand reported on Wednesday 1,335 new COVID-19 cases, the biggest daily rise since the start of the pandemic.
The consumer price index jumped 0.6% last month, the largest gain since August 2012.
A tropical cyclone on Australia's west coast destroyed several homes and cut electricity to tens of thousands of people overnight.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was off 0.05%, Tokyo's Nikkei edged up 0.1%, while Kospi rose 0.2%.
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake off Indonesia’s Java island on Saturday killed one person and damaged buildings in several cities.