Covid-19 cases increase across Southeast Asia

Covid-19 cases increase across Southeast Asia 5
Covid-19 cases increase across Southeast Asia 5

This move is intended to slow the spread of viruses, amid concerns that Covid-19 combined with influenza and respiratory pathogens could cause a wider epidemic, putting pressure on the health system.

According to Singapore’s Ministry of Health, the number of Covid-19 cases increased from 22,000 on November 25 to 32,000 just a week later.

The number of infections related to the JN.1 variant, a sub-branch of BA.2.86, currently accounts for about 60%.

Meanwhile, Indonesian officials have installed body temperature scanners at Jakarta’s main international airports and the Batam ferry terminal to screen travelers.

The precautionary measure was taken immediately after the Ministry of Health issued a circular on December 8, calling for the whole country to be vigilant as the number of Covid-19 cases increased in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Singaporeans are vaccinated against Covid-19 at a medical station.

In a statement released on December 11, the Ministry of Health reiterated this message and recommended that people postpone travel to areas with a sudden increase in nCoV infections, complete two-dose vaccinations, and wear protective clothing.

Health Ministry spokeswoman Siti Nadia Tarmizi said citizens who have traveled abroad are at risk of infection due to contact with people from other countries.

In Malaysia, the number of nCoV infections nearly doubled in a week, from more than 3,600 to 6,700 people from November 25 to December 2.

Dr Muhammad Radzi said 72.9% of the variants detected in the country were Omicron, followed by 26.2% Delta, the rest being Beta and Alpha.

`To date, Malaysia has no new variants, and there are no signs that the variants are transmitted locally at higher levels or cause more severe disease,` he said.

He said that although the number of Covid-19 cases is increasing, the situation in Malaysia is still under control, not putting pressure on medical facilities.

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