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August 19, 2021

GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Covid variants drive infection increase in Americas and SE Asia

By Paul Dennis

19 August

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 209,489,000, with more than 4,396,000 deaths and over 143,880,000 recoveries reported.

Daily confirmed cases remain high throughout Southeast Asia.

Thailand has reported over 21,000 daily confirmed cases while Malaysia reported over 20,000 daily confirmed cases in the last 14 days.

The number of daily cases has spiked by 22% and 21%, respectively, over the last 14 days.

While daily confirmed cases in Indonesia have declined by 32% over the past two weeks, the country reported over 24,000 daily confirmed cases yesterday and thus remains high.

These increases are indicative of a failure in the public health system in containing the new variants.

Cases throughout Southeast Asia were very limited in 2020 and these three countries have seen increasing proportions of the Delta variant throughout the late spring and summer.

Southeast Asia now is home to three known variants of concern circulating (Alpha, Beta, and Delta).

Daily confirmed cases are also increasing throughout Latin America.

Mexico reported the most daily confirmed cases in the region with over 17,900, an increase of 15% over the past two weeks.

In Guatemala, daily cases have increased 30% over this period to over 3,000 daily confirmed cases.

Likewise, in Honduras and Costa Rica, cases increased by 42% and 29%, respectively over the past two weeks with over 1,800 daily confirmed cases in Honduras and over 1,600 daily confirmed cases in Costa Rica reported yesterday.

In Mexico, more than two-thirds of states have been deemed at “high” or “critical” risk as hospitals fill with Covid-19 patients.

According to the Pan American Health Organization, the Delta variant accounts for 67% of new cases in Mexico.

This is a troubling trend as the high rate of transmission in the neighboring US, coupled with a low proportion of fully vaccinated individuals, may further exacerbate transmission.

Walter Gabriel, MPH, Epidemiologist at GlobalData Plc.

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