COVID-19 surge hits Asia; Tokyo, Thailand, Malaysia post record infections

COVID-19 surge hits Asia; Tokyo, Thailand, Malaysia post record infections
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  • Many nations’ health systems overwhelmed, says WHO chief
  • Delta hits parts of Asia once successful in blocking COVID-19
  • Thailand says Delta accounts for over 60% of cases
  • China battles Delta outbreak in Nanjing
  • Vietnam announces fresh curbs on movement

July 31 (Reuters) – The Olympics host city Tokyo, as well as Thailand and Malaysia, announced record COVID-19 infections on Saturday, mostly driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant of the disease.

The surge in Delta variant cases is rattling parts of Asia previously relatively successful in containing COVID-19, such as Vietnam, which will from Monday impose strict curbs on movement in several cities and provinces. read more

Cases also surged in Sydney, where police cordoned off the central business district to prevent a protest…



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