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August 4, 2021

GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: China ‘concerned’ as Delta variant sparks Covid case resurgence

By Paul Dennis

4 August

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 199,742,000 with more than 4,250,000 deaths and over 142,909,000 recoveries reported.

Covid-19 cases are continuing to soar across South-East Asia, as Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand all experience a growing number of new, daily confirmed cases.

For the second day in a row, Indonesia has recorded its highest death toll since the pandemic began, with almost 1,600 deaths recorded today.

Malaysia has reported more than 32,500 new daily confirmed cases, the highest number identified in the country since the pandemic began and one of the highest numbers of new, daily confirmed cases per million people globally.

A rapidly rising number of cases across the region can be attributed to a low prevalence of Covid-19 antibodies amongst these populations, as only a handful of cases were reported last year, and vaccination rates have been slow.

Chinese authorities are becoming increasingly concerned about the rate of infection of Covid-19 across the country, after three cases of the Delta variant were identified in Wuhan.

More than 300 cases of the virus have been reported in multiple provinces over the last ten days, including many local transmissions.

This is the largest outbreak the country has faced since early 2020. The government’s response to the outbreaks is very heavy handed, despite the high reported vaccination rate.

Officials have announced plans to test the entirety of Wuhan’s population of 11 million; a seemingly logistical nightmare, but something that China achieved last summer.

Authorities have also introduced strict lockdown measures upon millions, cancelling many domestic flights and severing rail networks between major cities.

China has been largely successful in controlling the spread of Covid-19 within its borders so far with similar tactics, but the highly contagious nature of the Delta variant poses an altogether new challenge for the world’s second largest economy.

Ollie Whittingham, Intern at GlobalData Plc.

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