The situation of COVID-19 epidemic on 10/10

According to statistics site worldometers.info, as of 9pm on October 10, the world recorded a total of 238,477,389 cases of COVID-19, including 4,865,157 deaths. More than 215.63 million COVID-19 patients have recovered while more than 17.98 million patients are still being treated.

Medical staff spray disinfectant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Vientiane, Laos. Photo: THX
Medical staff spray disinfectant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Vientiane, Laos. Photo: THX

Laos recorded 508 new cases, of which 507 were community cases, the rest were imported cases and were immediately isolated. Thus, the total number of cases in Laos is 28,540 cases; including 26 deaths. The epidemic situation continued to be complicated in the capital Vientiane when this locality recorded a spike in community cases in one day, with 400 cases.

The Lao Ministry of Health is concerned that hospitals in this country will be overwhelmed when the number of new infections continues to rise, even more seriously, the number of deaths will increase due to not being treated in time. Notably, recent infections and deaths in Laos are mostly unvaccinated and are all elderly people with underlying medical conditions. Laos' Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control urges people of high-risk groups to go to health facilities to be provided with vaccines.

The Vientiane capital government requires the health sector to quickly send people with COVID-19 for treatment and close contacts for testing and isolation in a timely manner; carry out cleaning and disinfection of the workplace and residence of the infected person; ambulatory COVID-19 vaccination for unvaccinated individuals.

Thailand recorded 10,817 new cases and 84 deaths, bringing the total number of cases since the beginning of the epidemic to 1,710,884 cases, of which 17,691 people did not survive. Bangkok is still the locality with the highest number of new cases, with 1,185 cases recorded on October 10. Due to the decreasing trend of the epidemic, the Thai Government's Center for COVID-19 Situation (CCSA) has allowed airlines to operate at full capacity, instead of limiting the number of seats to 75%. as before. However, airlines still have to implement disease prevention measures, including banning on-board eating and drinking, good ventilation, and proper social distancing when boarding and disembarking.

In addition, airline passengers must be fully vaccinated and have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before the flight. Thailand will also open five more tourist sites to visitors in early November provided there are no major outbreaks in these areas by then. Accordingly, the areas that will be open from November 1 include Bangkok, Chiang Mai (Muang, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng and Doi Tao districts), Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin district), Phetchaburi (Cha-am district). and Chon Buri (districts of Pattaya, Bang Lamung and Sattahip).

The government's decision comes after the success of the Phuket Sandbox program, which brought 2.33 billion baht ($68.83 million) to the Thai economy in the past three months since its launch in October. 7. The Thai government hopes to get 1,500 billion baht in revenue from tourists next year.

People wear masks to prevent COVID-19 infection in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo documentary: THX
People wear masks to prevent COVID-19 infection in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo documentary: THX

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the lifting of the Interstate Movement Ban from October 11. This means that all Malaysians who have completed their vaccinations can travel freely in and out of the country. Malaysian citizens returning from abroad are still required to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, and those who have completed vaccinations will be quarantined at home. However, the lifting of this ordinance does not apply to areas under an Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).

Malaysia's updated data shows that 89.7% of the country's adult population has completed vaccination, equivalent to about 66% of the population. Currently, 70.4% of adolescents aged 12-17 years old in Malaysia have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Malaysian officials expect that with relatively wide vaccine coverage, the country can confidently ease previous restrictions step by step and move to the stage of treating COVID-19 as an endemic disease. By the end of October 9, the country recorded a total of 2,332,221 cases, out of 27,265 deaths.

South Korea recorded the number of new cases of COVID-19 below the threshold of 2,000 cases per day for the second day in a row, while the country's authorities were concerned about the risk of the disease spreading rapidly during and after the Hangeul Creation Day holiday. (9/10). South Korea recorded 1,594 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 331,519. South Korea also recorded 15 more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total to 2,575 cases. The mortality rate in Korea is currently 0.78%.

Previously, South Korea recorded a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases after the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday. According to KDCA statistics, 39.92 million people in this country, or 77.7% of the population, have received the first vaccine. The percentage of people completing vaccination is nearly 60%. The Korean government will set up a working group next week to implement the transition to the "new normal" of living with COVID-19, including speeding up the progress of vaccination. kyum is at the top and will hold its first meeting next week.

India recorded 18,166 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 33,953,475 cases. This is the lowest number of new infections per day in about 7 months in India. In addition, the country also recorded an additional 214 deaths, bringing the total to 450,589 cases. Most of the deaths are concentrated in the state of Kerala with 101 cases and this is also the region hardest hit by COVID-19 in this South Asian country.

Medical staff administering a vaccine against COVID-19 in Sale, Morocco. Photo: AFP
Medical staff administering a vaccine against COVID-19 in Sale, Morocco. Photo: AFP

As of the afternoon of October 10, Africa recorded a total of 8,383,097 cases, including 213,877 deaths. About 7.73 million COVID-19 patients in Africa have recovered. South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia and Ethiopia are the countries with the most cases on the continent, with South Africa leading with more than 2.91 million cases while Morocco is second with more than 938,800 cases.

Currently, only half of schools globally have reopened face-to-face classes, while the majority of the rest conduct teaching in a combination of face-to-face and online, according to newly updated data on the website. web COVID-19 Global Education Recovery Tracker.

The website was created by Johns Hopkins University, the World Bank (WB) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to support the decision-making process of countries, by updating the opening situation and efforts. recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in more than 200 countries. According to the statistics of this site, 80% of schools in the world are in the annual semester. Of these, 54% have returned to face-to-face teaching and learning, 34% using a combination of face-to-face and online. 10% of schools continue to teach remotely while 2% suspend teaching.

The World Bank is pushing for the reopening of schools, while assessing the risks from continued school closures for a long time. The report by the World Bank's education group said that among countries with fewer than 36 to 44 new hospital admissions per 100,000 people a week, reopening schools did not increase hospitalization rates.

Meanwhile, another study showed that infection in schools often followed the general trend of infection in the community. The World Bank report recommends that to promote educational recovery, priority should be given to vaccinating teachers as soon as possible. In the event that vaccines are not yet available, there are still ways to keep schools safe. Based on the experience of countries that have effectively prevented infection in schools, simple and low-cost control strategies can be applied. That is to comply with the regulation of wearing masks, ensuring a well-ventilated environment, and maintaining distance.

According to the report, waiting until all education staff have been vaccinated to reopen schools will provide little benefit in terms of reducing the risk of infection, but may increase the costs to students. children.

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