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Sharp spike in new Covid cases in Philippines, Vietnam


Southeast Asia saw an uptick in new Covid-19 cases and deaths, mainly due to a sharp increase in cases in the Philippines and Vietnam, collated data showed.

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Asean countries reported 81,643 new cases on Monday, higher than Sunday’s 79,833, and 1,773 patients died, up from the previous day’s 1,663.

Cumulative cases in the region crossed 9.99 million, and total deaths rose to 221,922.

Indonesia reported 5,436 new cases on Sunday, down over 25 per cent from the previous day, although deaths were slightly higher at 568. Cumulative cases in the country increased to 4,079,267 with 132,491 deaths.

Children in Jakarta began to re-enter classrooms on Monday, as Indonesia eased restrictions in some areas. Some 610 out of over 10,000 schools in Jakarta will be ready for in-class schooling, with classes held at 50 per cent of the usual size.

The governor of Jakarta revealed that 91 per cent of children aged 12-18 had been vaccinated at two doses while 85 per cent of teachers had already received two jabs.

Philippines reported a sharp jump in new cases to 22,366 on Sunday from 18,528 on Saturday, topping the list in Asean, while deaths more than doubled to 222 from 101.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob is under quarantine following close contact with a Covid-19 patient. His office said in a statement on Monday it was unclear how long he would be in quarantine and did not indicate any results for a coronavirus test. Ismail Sabri was sworn in as prime minister on August 21, succeeding Muhyiddin Yassin who resigned after failing to hold on to a narrow majority in parliament.

Published : August 31, 2021