The Corona virus pandemic continues to hit the world, including Indonesia. There are even countries that continue to break records for the most infection cases.
Indonesia had a number of cases that continued to soar, but is now showing a number that continues to decline. Even so, there are many other countries that are recorded to continue to experience increases, where are they?
1. United States of America
The Covid-19 pandemic is increasingly in an alarming position in the United States (US). Despite having vaccination rates that tend to be high, the country still experienced a significant increase in infections, even more than 1000% when compared to last June.
Citing data from Worldometers, in the past week the average number of cases has hovered above 100 thousand per day. Cases began to fall on September 11 and 12 with dates registering 72,000 and 35,000 daily cases, respectively.
Health analysts consider this high rise to be a result of easing in effect during the summer holidays. The public seems to have assumed that the corona has disappeared and ignored the protocol.
“We are in the middle of summer, people are starting to gather, they are in big groups. Vaccines have made them feel safe, and they have forgotten the health protocols,” said dr. Perkin Halkitis, dean at the Rutgers School of Public Health, in an interview with CNBC International.
Meanwhile, the number of vaccinations is also an important note in this wave of the pandemic. Because there are still many people who have not received the vaccine injection. This even made President Joe Biden angry.
“Despite having an unprecedented and successful vaccination program … for nearly five months of free vaccine being available in 80,000 different locations, we still have nearly 80 million Americans who have failed to inject,” Biden said.
Biden said he was running out of patience. Moreover, waiting for Americans who choose not to be vaccinated.
“What else to wait for? What else do you need to see? We’ve made vaccination free, safe and convenient. The vaccine has FDA approval, more than 200 million Americans get at least one shot,” Biden said.
“We have been patient, but our patience is running low, and the rejection is costing us all. so please do the right thing.”
With this addition, the US remains the country with the most COVID-19 cases in the world. Uncle Sam’s country recorded 41.8 million infections accompanied by 677,988 deaths.
Malaysia is also a country that is still hit by a fairly large wave of the pandemic. Even though the country has previously implemented a strict lockdown, in the last few days the neighboring country is still reporting the number of cases above 17,000 per day.
The peak occurred on August 26, where the number of cases stood at 24,599 in one day. Citing data from Covid Now in Malaysia, today, the ICU occupancy in the country is 83.9%.
In detail, the Director General of Health, Noor Hisham Abdullah, said that hospitals in seven of the 13 states of Malaysia reported ICU capacity that exceeded 90%. In fact, in the state of Kedah, ICU capacity has exceeded 122%.
In dealing with the pandemic, Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin said that his party was considering implementing a national testing policy if Covid-19 had become endemic. In this policy, the community will be able to carry out the test on their own without the need to go to a health facility.
Quoting Worldometers, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia from the beginning to date is 1,979,698. There have been 20,711 deaths since the pandemic started in 2020.