Covid Cases Surge in Southeast Asia

Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand are all experiencing increases in cases of Covid-19 as the battle against the virus continues.

Indonesia today (Monday 18th January) reported an additional 9,086 cases and 295 deaths related to Covid-19 to give a total of 917,015 cases and 26,282 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Malaysia reported an additional 3,306 cases, a total of 161,740, and 4 deaths, a total of 605, today amidst reports of the healthcare system being stretched to its limits. The Straits Times are reporting that the Malaysian government is looking to acquire private healthcare resources to supplement medical facilities.

Reports say that doctors are now speaking out publicly about the difficulties being experienced by the medical community. It is believed that there are around 34,000 beds available for Covid patients in the country which currently has 38,791 active cases of which 226 are serious / critical.

Malaysia declared a State of Emergency last week just a day after additional restrictions were implemented as Covid cases increased.

Meanwhile the Philippines today reported 2,163 new cases of Covid-19 the biggest daily increase since 8th November. The country has reported 502,736 cases of the virus plus 9,909 deaths, including 14 in the last 24 hours.

Thailand had seem to have the virus under control until a new outbreak centred on Samut Sakhon was discovered on 17th December. People from all over Thailand visit the fish markets in Samut Sakhon and the outbreak quickly spread to many regions of the country.

The numbers in Thailand may seem much lower than other countries in the region, an additional 369 cases in the last 24 hours for a total of 12,423. However the total is double that prior to Christmas.

Thailand has so far recorded 70 deaths.

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