Governments have issued stricter restrictions on cases, starting to roll out vaccines despite limited supplies.
When Covid-19 broke out around the world, vaccine optimism began to weaken. Countries have been vaccinating since the end of December last year. To date, the number of people vaccinated is 119 million, higher than the 105 million cases worldwide. But many countries are struggling with the new, more contagious virus variant.
Europe remains the hardest hit. The number of US hospitalizations and new infections dropped in the weeks after the government distributed millions of doses of the vaccine.
The situation in Asia is much brighter than in the rest of the world, due to rigorous testing, quarantine and traceability.
With about 1.1 million cases and more than 31,000 deaths, Indonesia is the Southeast Asian country most affected by Covid-19. The government has closed the border with all foreign tourists since last month. The country also imposed tighter restrictions on the islands of Java and Bali. Restaurants are only allowed to serve up to 25% of their capacity. The mall is closed at 7pm. People are required to wear masks across the country.
The country also strives to launch a vaccination campaign. President Joko Widodo signed a contract to buy vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotechnology Company last month. To date, nearly 250,000 health workers have injected the first dose. Indonesia aims to give the Covid-19 vaccine to 181.5 million people next year.
The coup now MyanmarFebruary 1 complicates the country’s response to Covid-19. Many medical staff stopped working to take to the streets to protest against the military. Officials fear this interferes with the vaccination program.
Previously, the country received 1.5 million doses of vaccine Oxford / AstraZeneca free of charge from India. Another 27 million doses are expected in Myanmar by March. The military has announced it will vaccinate 38.4 million people 18 and older by the end of this year.
Number of new infections at Malaysia increased sharply by more than 3,000 cases per day over the past three weeks. The government was criticized for letting most of the business lines operate properly. Only the city of Putrajaya pledged to fine and allow the military to arrest people violating medical regulations. During the Lunar New Year, the country issued a regulation restricting meals to more than 15 people.
Officials also mobilized private hospitals to fight the virus. Many facilities convert several areas, suitable for the treatment of people with nCoV infection. 96 out of 210 private hospitals across the country agreed to add more than 1,300 regular beds and 65 beds in intensive care units to accommodate more patients.
South Korea are struggling with the translation of religious foundations. But the number of new daily infections fell the deepest since late November last year. On February 7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KDCA) reported 289 new infections, a first time lower than 300 cases since November 23.
However, officials are still hesitant to decide to loosen social distance before the Lunar New Year holiday. South Korea has allowed about 500,000 restaurants and businesses outside of Seoul to open one hour (until 9 o’clock) later. The capital is still strictly limited as it is home to about 70% of Covid-19 cases nationwide.
Japan declaring emergencies in 10 prefectures, including Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka. The restriction order is up until March 7. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference in January: “We need people to seriously rethink our actions, especially young people in their 20s or 30s who are highly contagious. Best”.
Japan Medical Association President Toshio Nakagawa said the government should not hesitate to prolong the national emergency. Many hospitals, he noted, were so overloaded that they had to close. Authorities are planning to fine Covid-19 patients who refuse to be hospitalized, who make false statements about their travel history and the business refuses to comply with the curfew request.
China Blockade of many areas and mass testing in cities with epidemic clusters. The government is also placing stricter requirements on international tourists. Immigrants need to test negative for nCoV and quarantine for at least 14 days at the designated hotel.
People who want to go back to their hometown for Tet holiday will have to test at least 7 days before departure. Arriving at the locality, they must be isolated for at least 14 days. The regulation takes effect from January 28 and runs until March 8.
The Hong Kong Special Zone prohibits the restaurant from operating after 6 pm, limiting the number of people joining gatherings until February 17. Residents in epidemic zones must have a series of tests if detecting an infection of unknown transmission route.
India and for the emergency approval of two Covid-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca and local pharmacist Bharat Biotech. To date, 4.5 million people have been vaccinated. The country aims to vaccinate more than 300 million people by August.
The strict ban in place since March of last year caused all business activities to stall. Residents are only allowed to leave their homes to buy essential goods. New Delhi restricts flights from the UK until February 14 to avoid the variant spreading.
Thuc Linh (According to the Straistimes)