Countries from Laos to Thailand in Southeast Asia and countries bordering India such as Bhutan and Nepal have seen a significant increase in infections in recent weeks. The increase was mainly due to more contagious virus strains, although the satisfaction and lack of resources to control the spread were also cited as a reason.
In Laos last week, the health minister sought medical supplies, supplies and treatment as more than 200 times the number of cases in one month increased. Nepal is seeing the hospital rapidly replenishing oxygen and deplete. Healthcare facilities are under pressure in Thailand, where 98% of new cases are from more infectious strains, while some island nations in the Pacific are experiencing COVID waves for the first time.
Although it is nowhere close to India̵7;s population or in a growing extent. But the rapid increase reported in many of these countries is also much steeper, signaling the potential dangers of an uncontrolled spread, a resurgence – and a first outbreak in some areas, most of which have avoided. Avoiding the outbreak last year increased the urgency of delivering vaccines to poorer and less influential countries and avoided a prolonged epidemic.
“It is very important to recognize that the situation in India can take place anywhere,” said Hans Kluge, Regional Director of the World Health Organization for Europe, during a briefing last week. ”
Ranking from the newly recorded infection changes in the past month, Laos came first with a 22,000% increase in Laos, followed by Nepal and Thailand, both of which saw an increase in the number of infections. More than 1,000% on a one-month basis.
In addition, the top of the list are Bhutan, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Cambodia and Fiji, as they witnessed a three-digit epidemic.
“Every country is at risk,” said David Heymann, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Near future. “
On May 1, India reported a record 401,993 new cases in the previous 24 hours, while the deaths hit a new high of 3,689 the following day. The country’s hospitals and crematorium are working overtime to cope with the rising number of patients and deaths. In addition to the crisis, hospitals are suffering from a shortage of medical oxygen, unable to treat patients with suffocation coronavirus lung disease.
The sudden outbreak in Laos, where only 60 people have been ill since the outbreak began to April 20 and no deaths to date, presents challenges faced by some landlocked countries. To face The porous border makes it difficult to restrict illegal crossings, even if entry is technically prohibited.
The communist-ruled Laos shut down Vientiane and banned travel between the capital and the province. The health minister has contacted neighbors like Vietnam for help with life-saving resources. Nepal and Bhutan have erupted in part due to reincarnation. Nepal, which identified the case of a new Indian species, has limited resources in the fight against the virus.
The situation is “very serious,” according to Ali Mokdad, chief population health strategy officer at the University of Washington. “New strains will require new vaccines and stimulants for those already vaccinated, which will slow epidemic control. ”
Mokdad said the economic hardships of the poor country have exacerbated the fighting.
Thailand, which seeks to revive its ailing tourism industry, recently introduced a two-week mandatory quarantine for all tourists. The government’s forecast for 2021 tourism revenues fell to 170 billion baht ($ 5.4 billion) from the 260 billion baht forecast in January as the country’s health system is under pressure. Try to set up a field hospital to accommodate a large number of patients.
Approximately 98% of the patients in Thailand were the first sample to be found in the UK out of a 500-person sample, according to Yong Phu Worawan, head of the Center of Excellence for Clinical Virology at Chulalongkorn University.
In Cambodia, since the beginning of the current outbreak, more than 10,000 acquired cases have been detected in more than 20 provinces. Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, has become a “red zone” or a high-risk area in Cambodia. Outbreaks in Sri Lanka, India’s southernmost island country, have set separate areas, banning weddings and meetings and shutting down cinemas and pubs. To close a record high after last month’s local New Year festival, the government said the situation was under control.
Across the ocean in the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago announced a partial shutdown after the country’s daily lawsuit hit record highs, shutting down restaurants, malls and movie theaters until the end of May. The number of cases in the last month was approximately 700% more than the previous month.
There was also a high rise in Suriname on the northeastern coast of South America. The case in April increased by more than 600% from March.
After staying COVID-free due to tight border controls, some Pacific Island nations are seeing their first wave. The city in Fiji’s popular tourist destination has entered a blockade after a broader community has been infected by the military virus.
“The recent increase in recorded cases across the Pacific Ocean shows the importance not only of the But have to rely on strong borders But they must be vaccinated into these countries, ”said Jonathan Price, head of research on the Pacific Region at the Lowy Institute in Sydney. According to the tank concept, “India is a shocking warning to this part of the world how quickly this epidemic can be controlled.”
It is responsible for developed countries that are rapidly recovering from the epidemic through vaccination to lead to more equal global vaccination, diagnostic testing and therapeutic agents, including oxygen, according to Heymann. Said professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
“The developed world can and should support funding and at the same time share surplus vaccines with other countries they may have in stock,” he said.
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