Covid-19 caseloads increase as South East Asia feels Delta Variants Force

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Though it dodged the worst of the coronavirus pandemic when it broke out last year, Southeast Asia again sees record numbers of fatalities and infections, with vaccine shortages and highly infectious variations stalling control efforts.
Governments in Southeast Asia have tightened measures, hoping that targeted lockdowns will act as circuit breakers in arresting dramatic spikes after cases began rising in May. As countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, and France prepare to remove most remaining restrictions following devastating outbreaks, governments in Southeast Asia have tightened measures, hoping that targeted lockdowns will act as circuit breakers in arresting dramatic spikes after cases began rising in May.
On Thursday (July 8), Indonesia, the region’s hardest-hit and most populous nation, registered 38,391 cases, six times the amount a month earlier, in a week in which the country’s daily death toll more than quadrupled since the beginning of July.
Hospitals on Indonesia’s most populated island, Java, are overburdened, oxygen supplies are running low, and four of the five approved Covid-19 burial sites in Jakarta are nearly filled.
On Thursday, Malaysian officials reported a record number of deaths. At the same time, Thai authorities recommended internal travel restrictions as the Delta strain wreaking havoc in Indonesia swiftly moved to and around Bangkok. A 5,000-bed field hospital is being built near the Thai capital’s airport’s new terminal.
On Thursday, one of Myanmar’s worst days, more than 4,000 new cases were reported, while Cambodia has experienced the most significant number of infections and deaths in the last nine days. According to health experts, low levels of testing in the region’s most populous nations, Indonesia and the Philippines, are likely masking the actual scale of outbreaks. In contrast, testing in Myanmar has plummeted since the military takeover in February.

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