Delta Covid-19 variant continues to spread strongly in Southeast Asia

The Delta variant first detected in India continues to spread strongly in Southeast Asia, in which Indonesia is the country with the highest infection rate.

A COVID-19 patient waits to be admitted at a hospital in Surabaya, Indonesia. Photo AFP
A COVID-19 patient waits to be admitted at a hospital in Surabaya, Indonesia. Photo AFP

Indonesia's Health Ministry on July 30 announced that in the past 24 hours, the country recorded an additional 41,168 cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 3,372,374. The total number of patients who did not survive has reached 92,311 after recording an additional 1,759 deaths. The total number of recovered patients in this country so far is 2,730,720.

According to statistics site worldometer.info, in the past 7 days, Indonesia has recorded the second highest number of new infections in the world (297,867 cases), after the US (502,465 cases). However, compared to the previous week, the number of new infections in Indonesia decreased by 3%.

At the present time, the Government of Indonesia has applied an emergency restriction of community activities (PPKM) to reduce the number of new infections per day. In addition, Indonesia has also stepped up the tracing of individuals who have been in contact with confirmed COVID-19 patients to be able to "cut off" the source of infection.

Regarding vaccination, as of July 30, there were at least 20.14 million people in Indonesia fully vaccinated with 2 doses of the vaccine and the number of people receiving the first vaccination has reached 46.80 million people.

The epidemic situation continues to be complicated in Malaysia. The authorities of this country on July 30 announced that they recorded an additional 16,840 cases of infection, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 1,095,486 cases.

What is worrying is that out of the 16,840 new infections mentioned above, up to 16,823 cases have been identified as community transmission. The total number of COVID-19 patients who died in this country has reached 8,859 cases.

On the same day, the Philippine Department of Health announced that since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, the country has recorded a total of 1,580,824 infections, of which 8,562 cases were recorded on July 30 alone. The total number of COVID-19 patients who died in this country has also reached 27,722 after an additional 145 people died in the past 24 hours.

In the context of complicated epidemic developments, the Philippines has decided to tighten the blockade order at the highest level in the capital Manila area from August 6 to 20. Currently, the capital Manila area maintains a blockade order that has been strengthened earlier.

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