A multicolored gray picture has put national and international health agencies on top of the alarm. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in the context of increasing dangerous new variations and the delay of immunization campaigns. Any country could experience an epidemic crisis like India if at the same time the relaxation of preventive measures.
India today continues to break the global record for the number of cases, with 375,000 cases, higher than anywhere in the world and has yet to show signs of stopping. The country has so far recorded more than 18.3 million cases out of a total population of 1.4 billion, second only to the US.
As one of the largest vaccine producing countries in the world, but what is happening now in India shows a confused and chaotic picture. The second wave of infections overwhelmed all defenses and engulfed the country during the darkest months of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, Pakistan, India’s neighboring country, recently recorded more than 200 deaths and more than 5,000 cases a day due to Covid-19 epidemic. It is feared that Pakistan could follow India into another Covid-19 hotspot. Not only India or Pakistan, many other Asian countries are also witnessing a serious wave of Covid-19 infection that makes the World Health Organization (WHO) uneasy. While Malaysia has seen the number of new cases in 24 hours surpass 3,000 cases, the highest in the past two months, the Philippines is on its way to becoming the hottest outbreak in the region. The number of cases in the country doubled from 500,000 to more than 1 million in just three months, putting pressure on the national health system.
Laos and Cambodia, two countries bordering Vietnam, are also seeing the highest number of cases since the beginning of the epidemic. If the number of new cases in a day in Cambodia continued to increase at 3 digits, Laos also experienced consecutive days with a 2-digit number of new cases.
Statistics show that in just over a week, the number of new cases in Asia has increased by more than 30%, the strongest since the beginning of the season. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns, if not well controlled, the epidemic will not leave any country.