Asian countries are suffering from the coronavirus pandemic in the worst way. Low vaccination rate and the rising spread of the Delta variant are the two major factors responsible for it. Since 2020, the world has seen many unbearable situations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
After a brief relief, the introduction of the delta variant has really disturbed people’s mental state. As a result, the CDC has issued a warning that the delta variant can easily transmit through even vaccinated people.
Hence, the US health body has issued a warning to take necessary precautions to prevent the rise of Covid-19 cases. Unfortunately, in Asian countries, the situation is worsening day by day. Since they don’t have many people vaccinated, the situation is bleak in countries across Asia.
Increasing Number of Infections and Deaths
Nations such as China, Japan, and South Korea are witnessing an increase in outbreaks due to the Delta variant. But Southeast Asia sees an unprecedented increase in infections and deaths due to the delta variant.
Last year, Southeast Asian nations managed to put a brake on the Covid-19 pandemic. But now, they are witnessing an uncontrolled increase in Covid-19 infections and deaths.
In Asian countries, people experience a scarcity of hospital beds, equipment, and oxygen. To control the situation, the governments have imposed a lockdown in vital manufacturing hubs.
Besides, they have put restrictions on the movement of citizens from one place to another. Hence, people now experience a situation of financial crunch in their lives.
Piling Up of Frustration Among Citizens
Citizens are experiencing frustration and mental health issues due to the grim situation. They can’t move outside for work and they can’t even experience their freedoms. As a result, citizens in countries such as Malaysia and Thailand have started protesting against the governments.
Now, they are raising questions on the governments’ handling of the covid-19 situation in their countries. For example, Myanmar, which is going through political turmoil following the military coup, is on the brink of collapse.
The health infrastructure is completely useless and vaccinations are completely stalled. However, in wealthier countries, the situation is still under control. While they also see fresh outbreaks, they have vaccinated over 50% of their populations.
In Asia, countries have not vaccinated even a decent percentage of their population. For example, Vietnam has less than 1% of people fully vaccinated. Thailand has about 5%, the Philippines 7.2%, and Indonesia with just 7.6%.