WChicken Panchi Respati is coming home from work and he has seen at least one person die that day. This young doctor works at a clinic in Bandung, Java, Indonesia. There are currently 150 people in the emergency room. His clinic is crowded and his peers are overcrowded. “After all, the elderly and the previously ill die, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated once, twice or twice,” Repatti tells Weldt over the phone.
Despite the low Indonesia, like most Indonesians who have been vaccinated, they have been vaccinated with the Chinese vaccine Sinovac. The doctor has been vaccinated twice and is still suffering from delta variability. “For some people here, it’s like that,” he says.
Indonesia has reported 864 deaths and 47,899 confirmed new infections. Images from the capital Jakarta are reminiscent of India a few weeks ago: queues in front of hospitals, crowded graves and desperate people searching for oxygen for relatives.
The island nation is not the only country in Southeast Asia struggling with rising Govt cases. More inside There are currently new epidemics in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar. Throughout the past year, Southeast Asia, with a few exceptions, has been a model region in the fight against the virus. Because of their epidemic experience with SARS and MERS, many countries responded quickly and efficiently with the right measures, and Europe and the United States were like clumsy starters. The curves in most Asian countries – Europe’s problem compared to children – are low though: the tide is turning to previously successful corona dammers. But how did that happen?
I am the majority Muslim Indonesia The number of cases and deaths has risen since the beginning of June after people gathered in May to celebrate the end of Ramadan. According to the Ministry of Health, tests show that nearly 60 percent of cases in the last three weeks were due to an infectious delta variant.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies recently announced that the country was on the brink of a “coveted catastrophe” due to a lack of hospital beds and oxygen supply. By July 20, more than 1,000 Indonesian communities, including the capital Jakarta and the holiday island of Bali, were locked up.
Isolated vacation as a rescue operation
The government in Malaysia has also extended the nationwide lockout that has been in effect since the beginning of June. The country of 32 million people has been battling its worst corona waves ever since it first came through the epidemic well. With 11,079 new infections high since the outbreak, Malaysia topped the region in terms of population on Tuesday. Even here, medical care reaches its limit.
The situation is similar in Thailand, which has so far been considered a model country in the fight against epidemics. “The number of cases is now rising faster than any other European country except Great Britain,” the Bangkok Post wrote last week. The country locked up the metropolitan area of Bangkok and five other provinces. As part of the “Sandbox” plan to save the tourism industry, only fully vaccinated people on the holiday island of Phuket are allowed to go on re-isolated vacations.
Five months after the military coup, Myanmar is still reeling from its worst corona waves. Clinics are overcrowded, there is a lack of testing, and many now distrust the health system run by the military junta.
Vietnam, which has less than 3,000 cases in total as of April, announced on Friday that it had been locked in Ho Chi Minh City for two weeks to deal with the worst corona eruption since the outbreak. The value of the phenomenon is still very low by the age of 20, but with 2800 new infections every day, a trend is developing that is unprecedented for the country.
Other parts of Asia are also struggling with increased corona cases. In Japan, for example, the Olympics are held during a national emergency with no spectators. South Korea, which has so far kept the epidemic under control through intensive surveillance and contact tracking, on Friday recorded the number of new epidemics and announced the first-ever high-level restrictions on the Seoul region.
In the south of the continent, especially Bangladesh is currently affected by a major eruption. The army is patrolling there to enforce a national lockout.
The cause of the new wave of infections in Asia is the highly contagious delta variant. It is spreading rapidly throughout the region because people follow health rules less and less, international travel has been relaxed in some cases and countries have not made any progress through vaccination.
Dangerous vaccine shortage
In Thailand, only 4.8 percent of the population is vaccinated. It is 0.3 percent in Vietnam, 5.7 percent in Indonesia and only 5.5 percent in India. In Malaysia it is at least 11.3 per cent and in Myanmar only 2.3 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated.
“These countries have no chance of overcoming the epidemic with a rapid vaccination campaign in the next few months,” Donald Low told Weld. He is Professor of General Policy at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In the region alone, rich Singapore has already been able to vaccinate half of its population. In Hong Kong, a quarter of all residents are fully vaccinated. By comparison: so far 42 percent of people in Germany have received full vaccine coverage.
Some Asian countries, such as Thailand and South Korea, have recently obtained licenses to manufacture vaccines developed elsewhere. India has been producing the vaccine AstraZeneca in its home country for a long time, but it needs to provide the whole world as part of the Kovacs project.
In addition, large countries such as Indonesia have been vaccinated with Chinese vaccines. These are less effective against delta variants than vaccines developed in Europe and the United States. As a result, those who have been vaccinated twice are more likely to contract the goiter virus.
Without adequate vaccination, governments in Southeast Asia have no choice but to re-stamp themselves, as Australia does. The already shattered economy suffers every time. But in countries like Indonesia, where people live together, locking and keeping distance is difficult to enforce. So the country plans to vaccinate 180 million of its 270 million people against Govt-19 early next year.
Until it is reached, people can hope that the corona wave will pass as quickly as it did in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka in May. But waiting in this way can cost many lives, some of which may have been saved by better distribution of vaccines.