The Red Cross says the high number of coronavirus infections with the delta variant is sweeping hospitals in Southeast Asia and outstripping vaccines.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has also warned that a widening global gap in vaccines is slowing Southeast Asia’s efforts to combat the epidemic.
Thailand reports nearly 10,000 new infections per day, more than four times a month, while deaths have also reached record levels. The number of infections in Vietnam exceeded 2,000 per day, nearly 10 times more than in early June.
Malaysia closed a mass vaccination center on Tuesday after more than 200 medical staff and volunteers tested positive for the coronavirus. The shutdown was the first of its kind at a vaccination center and comes as the country’s new confirmed infections topped five figures on Tuesday, reaching a record high of 11,079.
Science Minister Khairy Gamal El-Din said it was difficult to determine whether the infections occurred at the center, stressing that swift government measures had halted the gathering.
He urged people who have been vaccinated at the center from Friday onwards to self-isolate for 10 days if they develop symptoms.
The number of deaths doubles in Malaysia despite the closure
Selangor, Malaysia’s richest state on the border with Kuala Lumpur, is the hardest hit by the pandemic. It accounted for nearly half of the new cases on Tuesday, due in part to increased virus testing amid a tight lockdown.
The Malaysian government is struggling to contain the epidemic, which has worsened despite the lockdown since June 1. Total confirmed cases rose 50 percent since June 1 to 855,949, while deaths doubled to more than 6,200.
Hospitals, particularly in Selangor, were overcrowded, with some patients reportedly receiving treatment on the floor due to a lack of beds and bodies piling up in mortuaries.
Vaccinations have rebounded, with 11 percent of Malaysia’s population now fully vaccinated. At least a quarter of the country’s population of 32 million has received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Indonesia also set a new record on Tuesday, with the Ministry of Health reporting 47,899 confirmed cases.
The number of daily infections with the virus exceeded 4,427 on Monday. Hospitals are already beginning to exceed their capacity and oxygen supplies are running out, leaving individuals to deal with the care of sick friends and relatives at home. The sudden rise in new cases is attributed to the highly transmissible delta variant.
At least 451 people who tested positive have died while self-isolating at home since last month, according to LaporCovid-19, an independent virus data set that tracks deaths at home. I noticed that many were not reported.
It says an average of 45 COVID-19 patients in self-isolation die at home every day in the capital, Jakarta, citing data from the Jakarta Health Agency.
–From The Associated Press, last updated at 12:34 p.m. ET
What’s happening all over Canada
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As of late Tuesday afternoon, Canada had reported 1,421,447 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 5,084 considered active. The country’s death toll from COVID-19 has reached 26,450. More than 43.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far across the country, according to a CBC News count.
British Columbia It reported 33 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and there were no deaths.
in the meadows, Alberta There were three deaths and 35 more infections in the county Tuesday, officials said. at SaskatchewanOn Tuesday, 27 new cases and zero deaths were recorded. Manitoba It reported one death Tuesday and 25 new cases.
at Newfoundland and Labrador, five new cases of COVID-19 were reported on a second ship docked at Conception Bay Tuesday. There were no new cases on Earth.
The only other new cases were recorded across Atlantic Canada on Monday and Tuesday Nova Scotia. The county reported one new case on Monday and another on Tuesday. No cases have been reported in new bronze or Prince Edward Island any day.
across the north, Nunavut It was the first to report no new cases on Tuesday. Yukon and the Northwest Territories It is expected to provide updates later today. An additional 19 COVID-19 cases and one more death were reported in Yukon on Monday, and no changes were reported in the NWT
at Quebec Health officials reported 54 new cases and no deaths on Tuesday.
Ontario On Tuesday, it reported seven additional deaths and 146 new cases of COVID-19.
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-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 5:42 p.m. ET
What is happening around the world
As of early Tuesday afternoon, more than 187.6 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. COVID-19 tracker. The reported world death toll has reached more than four million.
at Europe, Nearly a million people in France scheduled vaccinations in one day, as the president increased pressure on everyone to get vaccinated to save the summer holidays and the French economy. People under the age of 35 made up 65 percent of new hires. President Emmanuel Macron announced, on Monday, that vaccination will be mandatory for all health care workers by September 15, and stopped the possibility of extending this requirement to other parts of the population.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Tuesday that more people need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before restrictions are lifted, following news that England will scrap nearly all restrictions from next week. On July 19, England will scrap the legal requirement for masks to be worn and for people to be physically removed, in what a German official called a “very dangerous experience”.
at AfricaSouth Africa’s Ministry of Health said on Tuesday that violent protests have disrupted the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and basic health care services such as the collection of chronic medicines for tuberculosis, HIV and diabetes patients.
The department said in a statement that it is temporarily closing some vaccination sites, noting that anyone who has a scheduled vaccination in an area affected by the ongoing disturbances was advised to postpone the vaccination.
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In the Americas, Brazil recorded 745 COVID-19 deaths on Monday and 17,031 additional cases, according to data from the country’s health ministry. The South American country has so far recorded a total of 534,233 coronavirus deaths and 19,106,971 confirmed cases
In the Middle eastIraqi medical officials said the death toll from the catastrophic fire that broke out in a Corona Virus Hospital ward in southern Iraq the previous day rose to 64 on Tuesday. More than 100 people were also injured in the fire that set off the coronavirus ward at Al-Hussein Teaching Hospital in Nasiriyah on Monday, two health officials said.
In the Asia Pacific South Korea recorded 1,440 new cases of COVID-19 as of 9 p.m. local time Tuesday, Yonhap News Agency reported, the highest daily total in the country, although vaccinations among the elderly and other at-risk groups are limited to severe infections.
–From the Associated Press and Reuters, last updated at 1:14 p.m. ET
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