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August 6, 2021

GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Global Covid cases pass 201 million – alarming spikes across SE Asia

By Paul Dennis

6 August

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 201 million with more than 4,270,000 deaths and over 143,933,000 recoveries reported.

Covid-19 cases are continuing to rise across South-East Asia, as Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines all experience an alarming spike in new daily confirmed cases.

Indonesia’s cumulative death toll has exceeded 100,000 after the country reported more than 1,700 new daily deaths, the highest number reported globally.

Indonesia experienced a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases in early July, soon after the highly contagious Delta variant was first identified in the country.

Malaysia has reported one of the highest number of cases per million people globally (664 cases per million population), and the Philippines’ reported 10,600 new daily confirmed cases, the highest number of cases reported in the country since mid-April.

A rising number of cases across the region can be attributed to the highly contagious nature of the Delta variant and a low prevalence of Covid-19 antibodies, in part because vaccination rates have been slow.

Australia has reported more than 300 new daily confirmed cases of Covid-19 as the seven-day rolling average of cases continues to rise.

Authorities have imposed strict lockdown measures upon Australia’s three most populous states, which are home to the cities of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, to reduce the incidence of local transmissions of Covid-19.

Australia’s ‘zero-covid’ strategy has been successful in the past.

However, a low vaccination rate is driving the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant and Australian’s are beginning to lose patience after enduring multiple periods of strict stay-at-home measures.

Ollie Whittingham, Intern at GlobalData Plc.

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