The world has recorded over 242.5 million cases of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection

According to statistics site worldometers.info, as of 10pm on October 20, the world had recorded a total of 242,531,835 cases of SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, including 4,932,246 deaths. The number of people who have recovered so far is 219,805,529 cases.

A street is blocked to prevent the COVID-19 epidemic in Vientiane, Laos. Photo: THX
A street is blocked to prevent the COVID-19 epidemic in Vientiane, Laos. Photo: THX

In Asia, Laos continues to record more new cases. The Lao Ministry of Health said that the country recorded 635 new cases, of which 628 were community cases, the rest were imported cases and were immediately isolated. Thus, up to now, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Laos has increased to 33,606 cases.

Facing the above situation, the Lao Government requested localities to continue to prepare isolation centers and adequate treatment facilities, prepare contingency budgets to buy medical supplies, vaccines, therapeutic drugs, and solutions. necessary tests and equipment. At the same time, the Lao Government assigned ministries, agencies and businesses in the capital Vientiane and provinces with community transmission to allow cadres and civil servants to rotate on duty or work from home via the electronic system. death. In particular, people at risk and pregnant women who cannot get the vaccine can work from home.

The Cambodian Ministry of Health announced that it had recorded 12 deaths and 166 new cases, including 31 imported cases. Thus, up to now, Cambodia has detected a total of 117,201 cases, of which 111,690 people have recovered and 2,693 died.

Thanks to the strict and effective epidemic prevention measures of the Government of Cambodia along with the results achieved from the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the number of new cases has significantly reduced, from a record high of 1,130 shifts/day on June 30 down to about 200 cases/day from the beginning of October 2021 and at the lowest level in the past 6 months on October 20 above.

Health workers give people a COVID-19 vaccine in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: THX
Health workers give people a COVID-19 vaccine in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: THX

The Indonesian Government's COVID-19 Task Force is preparing strategies to prevent a third outbreak that is expected to occur during the upcoming year-end holiday. Among these strategies is the relaxation of community activities in parallel with the enforcement of strict health regulations. Indonesia is also looking to increase vaccination rates among the elderly, especially in major cities such as Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi, Puncak, Cianjur, and other economic growth centers. In addition, the government is also encouraging to speed up the immunization schedule for children to strengthen the immunity of this group during the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays.

Another move is to avoid the risk from international tourists. Accordingly, all foreign visitors to Indonesia must meet the conditions such as being fully vaccinated and undergoing a mandatory quarantine period. On the other hand, the government will strengthen the role of local authorities in monitoring community activities and raise people's awareness in the implementation of health regulations such as keeping distance, washing hands and disinfecting. and wear a mask.

In Singapore, October 20 is the day the country welcomes the first travelers under the expanded quarantine exemption program, marking a big step towards restoring international routes, despite a sharp increase in cases. COVID-19. Meanwhile, due to the recent increase in the number of new infections, Singapore also tightened epidemic prevention measures such as limiting social gatherings to 2 people and only allowing people who injected vaccines to enter shopping centers. shop. Wearing a mask is also mandatory, violators are fined or even sentenced to prison.

On October 19, Singapore recorded 3,994 new cases, the highest number ever, after many days with more than 3,000 cases per day with most of them asymptomatic or mild.

In Malaysia, from November 1, federal government employees who fail to complete their vaccinations will be disciplined or their employment contracts terminated. It is part of a new policy on vaccinations related to civil servants implemented to ensure a safe working environment as well as achieve optimal public service productivity.

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is given to people in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photo: THX
Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is given to people in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photo: THX

At the direction of Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the country has extended the ban on intercity travel until October 31 to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. According to the Sri Lankan authorities, this decision was made based on the actual situation where some people are acting irresponsibly.

Earlier this month, Sri Lanka lifted a 42-day nationwide lockdown after the country faced a third wave of the disease caused by a highly contagious Delta variant. Health experts believe that the rate of spread has decreased sharply, but the ban on travel between provinces is still maintained. To date, Sri Lanka has recorded a total of 532,766 cases, of which 13,525 deaths.

Meanwhile, Australia eased travel regulations between the two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, when Victoria opened its borders to fully vaccinated people from New South Wales (NSW).

Health workers give people a COVID-19 vaccine in Sydney, Australia. Photo: AFP
Health workers give people a COVID-19 vaccine in Sydney, Australia. Photo: AFP

In Europe, the epidemic continued to develop complicatedly in Eastern Europe. Russia, the Czech Republic and Poland all recorded alarming figures in terms of new cases and deaths. Russia reported 1,028 more deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest level ever, bringing the total number of deaths to 226,353 cases, the highest in Europe. The number of new cases also increased by 34,074 cases, bringing the total number of cases to more than 7.94 million cases. Facing this situation, President Vladimir Putin approved the proposal of "non-working days" but still receiving salary from October 30 to November 7 to prevent the spread of the disease.

In the Czech Republic, the number of new cases has exceeded 3,000 for the first time since the end of April. With 3,246 new cases recorded on October 20, the total number of cases in this country has increased to 1.71 million cases. . Notably, the number of new cases on October 19 was twice as high as the number of cases recorded a week earlier. Hospitalizations also increased to 620 as of October 19, compared with 249 at the beginning of the month. Health officials say the majority of new cases in the Czech Republic are unvaccinated people.

Meanwhile, Poland also for the first time since May recorded the number of new cases above 5,000. Specifically, with an additional 5,559 cases detected on October 20, the total number of cases in Poland has increased to 2,950,616 cases, including 76,254 deaths, an increase of 75 cases in the past 24 hours. Facing the current epidemic situation, Poland is considering imposing more stringent restrictive measures.

Transfer patients with COVID-19 to a hospital in London, England. Photo: AFP
Transfer patients with COVID-19 to a hospital in London, England. Photo: AFP

In the UK, health industry leaders have called on the government to re-impose some restrictive measures to reduce the pressure on medical facilities amid an increase in the number of new cases. However, ministers opposed this idea, saying that the current COVID-19 situation was better than last year and Britain needed to find a way to live with the disease. The British government has lifted restrictive measures since July and affirmed that it is still closely monitoring the statistics of the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

The UK has a relatively high rate of COVID-19 infections compared to the European Union (EU) countries despite starting the vaccination program early. On October 19, the country recorded 223 deaths from COVID-19, the highest level since March this year. The number of new cases has also remained at an average of 40,000 cases a day since the summer, while the number of hospitalizations is also increasing.

After a long time of stable epidemic in Belgium, the number of new cases has shown signs of increasing again. Data from the Sciensano Institute of Public Health showed that from October 10 to October 16, there were 3,151 new cases every day in Belgium, an increase of 50% compared to the previous week. In addition, an average of 11 deaths per day, an increase of 13%. Currently, the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in Belgium has increased to 25,797 out of 1,292,887 cases.

The Irish government has announced new rules for international visitors, effective from October 22. Under the new rules, foreign visitors to Ireland will have to present the results of a PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival, if they have not been fully vaccinated or have recovered within 6 months or are under 12 years of age. Airlines will be forced to undergo PCR testing and will not allow passengers to board the plane without showing proof. Those who do not have PCR test results will have to take the test within 36 hours of arrival and must present the results to the local police.

Ireland will also cancel its mandatory hotel isolation system as well as mandatory home isolation for international visitors. Also from October 22, most restrictions against COVID-19 in Ireland will be lifted.

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