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Coronavirus Infections Continue Exponential Rise in Southeast Asia and Africa

HeadlineJul 16, 2021

In Indonesia, volunteer undertakers have begun collecting the bodies of COVID-19 victims from homes, after hospitals filled to capacity. Indonesia is Southeast Asia’s worst-hit nation and logged another record number of infections Thursday.

In Burma, doctors say the military regime that seized power in a February coup is hoarding limited supplies of oxygen amid a massive surge of COVID cases.

Thailand’s government is considering additional lockdown measures after confirming a record number of infections.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization warns COVID cases continue to surge across the African continent. This is the WHO’s Africa regional director, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti: “Deaths have climbed steeply for the past five weeks, jumping 40% in the past week. This is a clear warning. Our hospitals are at the breaking point. In all, 153,000 people have, sadly, died.”

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