19 May 2024
Covid-19 raged in Southeast Asia 9

Covid-19 raged in Southeast Asia 9

Many Southeast Asian countries are experiencing Covid-19 outbreaks, reaching a record number of infections due to the rapidly spreading Delta variant.

Indonesia is the country most severely affected by Covid-19 in the region.

The nCoV infection rate in the world’s fourth most populous country has increased rapidly in recent weeks, since the end of the holy month of Ramadan, when millions of people returned to visit family despite travel restrictions.

During a press conference on June 14, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said the Delta variant is especially common in Jakarta and the Java island area.

On May 13, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said hospitals in the city of 10 million people were nearly overloaded, with the number of infections increasing by 50% in the past week.

`The capital needs more attention. If things get out of control, we will enter a critical period,` he said.

Officials plan to increase hospital capacity in Jakarta by 40%, converting hotels into quarantine sites, Economy Minister Airlangga Hartarto said.

Indonesia currently has 1.9 million nCoV infections and more than 53,000 deaths.

Thailand was once considered a model for fighting epidemics in 2020 by the World Health Organization (WHO). Now, Covid-19 has broken out strongly, affecting the poor the most.

Like Indonesia, Covid-19 also attacked the capital of Thailand.

Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand were discharged from the hospital after being quarantined for Covid-19 treatment.

To date, about 2% of Thailand’s population has been vaccinated.

`We can’t live in these conditions. If we have to close for another month, we won’t be able to survive. Everything is so bad. We can only wait, not knowing if we will be vaccinated this year or not.`

Testing has improved and the government has also established more quarantine centers, but the virus is still widespread in migrant workers’ housing areas.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on June 14 decided to partially relax travel restrictions in the capital and neighboring provinces at the end of June. However, many areas are still placed under strict blockade.

The number of positive cases in the capital Manila, home to 13 million people, has decreased compared to the peak in April. But the epidemic in the remaining provinces is on the rise, showing that Covid-19 is not over.

In his weekly address, Mr. Duterte recommended that the public get vaccinated and comply with health safety regulations.

Covid-19 raged in Southeast Asia

Filipinos are vaccinated with SinoVac’s Covid-19 vaccine in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 7.

The government has imposed stronger epidemic suppression measures in 9 cities and 12 provinces.

`The epidemic tends to decrease, but everything is still fragile, as evidenced by the slight increase in the past month,` said Health Minister Francisco Duque.

Government data shows that the central and southern provinces of the Philippines accounted for nearly a third of new cases in the past two weeks.

From May 13 to June 10, Malaysian officials said the Gawai Dayak and Eid al-Fitr religious festivals caused 58 outbreak clusters, causing more than 3,500 people to test positive for nCoV.

Health Minister Noor Hisham Abdullah said the number of patients in Malaysia’s intensive care unit reached a record for the first 17 consecutive days, from May 25 to June 10.

`The whole community has a responsibility to protect vulnerable people, especially parents back home, by not exposing them to Covid-19,` he added.

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