Southeast Asian countries have once again registered record highs in daily Covid-19 infections and deaths in recent hours amid a surge in cases linked to the Delta variant, which shows no signs of slowing despite tightening of social restrictions.
Thailand on Friday registered 14,575 new infections, a record high for the third consecutive day, and 114 new deaths, for a total of 3,811 deaths out of 467,707 cases, most of them since Apr. 1.
Despite the closure of almost all businesses and public spaces, as well as stay-at-home orders and night curfews in high-risk zones, including the epicenter and capital Bangkok, cases have increased by 50 percent in the past week and amid a shortage of hospital beds and testing availability.
Vietnam also reached its highest number of infections since the start of the pandemic, with 6,153 in a single day, two thirds of them in the country’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh City, in which the authorities are not managing to control the outbreak despite the strict movement restrictions of the past two weeks.