In many countries in Southeast Asia, the number of infections and corona-related deaths is rising rapidly.

That is striking, given that countries in that region were praised last year for their successful fight against the virus.

This is how things are now in Southeast Asia.

  • Myanmar

    registered 2,318 infections on Sunday.

    Never before has the Asian country recorded so many infections in 24 hours.

    The 35 corona-related deaths that Myanmar registered on Sunday also mean a record.

    In addition, the share of positive tests is 22 percent higher than during the previous corona peak, which the country experienced at the end of last year.



  • The health authorities in

    Thailand

    state that the delta variant has reached their country from Myanmar.

    The alpha variant is dominant there for the time being, but the delta variant is advancing.

    In the capital Bangkok, this variant now has a share of 70 percent in the number of new infections.



  • Indonesia registered 555 corona-related deaths on Sunday. The country has never recorded so many cases in one day, according to

    The Guardian

    . The number of corona-related deaths in Indonesia has passed 60,000. Indonesia recorded 27,913 infections on Sunday,

    The Jakarta Post

    reports

    . The country is thus continuing a trend in which the number of infections has constantly reached new record values ​​in recent weeks.



  • In

    Vietnam,

    one has to deal with the fourth wave, which needed to be tightened corona measures in June.

    In Malaysia, the number of corona-related deaths has more than tripled in the past two months to nearly 5,400.

    In the past 24 hours, 6,658 new infections have been registered, the

    BBC

    reported

    earlier on Monday.



  • Although the situation has improved

    in

    Taiwan

    , contamination clusters are increasingly being discovered as a result of the delta variant.

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    Do you really not need a second shot if you've already had corona?

There are three reasons why things are going wrong right now

, experts suspect. The

availability of corona vaccines

and the

resulting

low vaccination rate

, and the presence of the

delta variant

of the coronavirus. According to Stephen Morrison, director of the Global Health Policy Center, we have to see the flawed vaccination campaign against the background of the successful virus approach last year. He said that recently in conversation with

CNN

.

The coronavirus apparently remained under control

for a

long time

, despite the presence of a sizeable manufacturing industry, where many people work closely together in factories and not always under ideal conditions.

Countries such as Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam are said to have learned lessons from the SARS outbreak between 2002 and 2004.

As a result, many governments lacked the real need

to stock up on large numbers of vaccines in time, it is suspected.

In Vietnam, for example, only last month a piggy bank was started to stock vaccines.

Other countries simply do not have the financial means to do so.

The region got away with this until a few weeks ago

, until the contagious delta variant appeared. The delta variant is 40 to 60 percent more contagious than the now dominant alpha variant (also called the British variant) of the coronavirus, infectious disease epidemiologist Alma Tostmann of Radboudumc told NU.nl earlier. Now it is precisely the numerous factories that cause problems, because many contamination clusters are discovered there.

The delta variant also exposes the effects of economic inequality.

In prosperous Singapore, where the economy is based on financial services, 37.5 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.

At the same time, many migrant workers from Myanmar are working under poor conditions in the factories in Thailand.

In Myanmar, only 2.8 percent of the population has had two shots, in Thailand about 4.1 percent.

With all its consequences.

Now, in more places in Southeast Asia, vaccination rates are below 10 percent, but countries like Taiwan and Thailand should be able to get their vaccination programs in order, Morrison says.

The question is whether this expectation is also realistic for other countries.

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