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Global COVID-19 Cases Rise Again, Fueled by Surges in Southeast Asia and Africa

HeadlineJul 15, 2021

Global COVID-19 cases and deaths are on the rise, fueled by chronic outbreaks in Latin America and surging cases in Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The World Health Organization is warning of exponential increases in infections in Libya, Iran, Iraq — and in Tunisia, where medical workers report they’ve run out of oxygen and beds for coronavirus patients.

Ahmed Ghoul: “Now we don’t have any vacant place to receive any patients. We are waiting for someone to die to leave their place for the next patient. In fact, the situation is catastrophic. The number of patients outside waiting for a place in the emergency room is huge. Where will we put them?”

Indonesia continues to set daily records for infections, deaths and hospitalizations, and has overtaken India as the region’s biggest COVID hot spot. Malaysia has logged a third straight day of record infections.

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