New COVID-19 Waves Sweep Through Asia
New waves of coronavirus infections have been sweeping through several countries in Asia, threatening to become more ferocious than previous outbreaks.
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Statista’s Katharina Buchholz notes that Philippines broke their record for new cases recorded in a day five times since March 19, recording almost 10,000 new cases on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. Looking at new cases in relation to population, the country is also the most affected in Asia. The 7-day rolling average of new cases per one million of population stood at more than 75 Sunday, followed by almost 42 new cases/million in India.
India saw 68,000 new cases Sunday, still below the September peak of almost 98,000, but rising rapidly. Bangladesh, where case numbers are growing at a similar rate to its larger neighbor, came very close to its daily record when it recorded 3,908 new cases that day. The number was just short of the 4,019 new infections that were recorded on July 2, 2020, at the height of the country’s first wave. Mongolia recorded 896 new cases on Sunday after having recorded more than 100 new cases in day for the first time ever on March 7.
Third-most affected in relation to population was Malaysia, but cases in the country have been slowing. Fifth-most affected Indonesia has also seen a light easing of the situation. This is according to numbers collected by research project Our World in Data located at the University of Oxford.
Other growing outbreaks are being monitored in Pakistan and once again in Japan (which would constitute a fourth wave for the country). Countries in Southeast Asia – Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand – have also seen more new cases than usual. Yet, the overall number of cases in the little-affected region remains low. New infections remained at stable levels in South Korea, Singapore and Nepal.
Tue, 03/30/2021 – 02:45