Some countries are facing new COVID-19 outbreaks due to the Delta strain and other variants of concern.
New and much worse COVID-19 outbreaks are becoming apparent in many countries across the globe. This comes as new coronavirus variants continue to emerge these past few months.
Among all the existing strains, experts, including the World Health Organization, deem the Delta variant as the most transmissible. Based on the data, this is what is driving the latest outbreaks in some parts of the globe.
Several countries have already returned to imposing lockdowns these past few weeks. While some are taking it for precautionary measures, other nations have restrictions in place to minimize the overall impact of the pandemic.
Deseret News recently released a report, detailing which countries are currently experiencing the worst COVID-19 outbreaks. In the list, five nations are seeing a continued dramatic surge of new coronavirus cases.
COVID-19 outbreaks in Africa
The publication lists Namibia and Tunisia as some of the countries with the worst coronavirus outbreaks today. The countries from Southern and North Africa, respectively, had new record highs the past week.
A report from The Telegraph noted that Namibia reached the “highest average rate of infections” across the globe. Half of the total COVID-19 cases have come only in the last two months.
Meanwhile, Tunisia has seen its coronavirus cases increase by 138 percent over the last two weeks, as per Our World In Data. With this at hand, the country continues to hit its all-time highs.
On Friday alone, the country reported a total of 9,823 new cases. As for the death toll, the number reached 134, according to the data from the World Health Organization.
Case surges across Asia
Several nations across Asia are also facing new waves of the pandemic. As per the publication, Thailand and Indonesia are experiencing the worst COVID-19 outbreaks, alongside the two countries in Africa.
In Thailand, its health care system has reportedly begun to “buckle” due to the increasing demands. Moreover, 90 percent of its total cases and deaths have only come since April, which is a “tenfold increase,” according to Bloomberg.
In Indonesia, the numbers are “large and deadly,” Deseret News described. This comes as the current surge continues to wreak havoc in the world’s fourth most populous country.
Based on data, the new cases on Wednesday reached 34,000. The following day, the figure continued to climb up to 38,100, with some officials fearing that the cases could even reach 70,000 before the peak of the wave.
Other countries facing new waves of the pandemic
The publication’s list of countries with the worst COVID-19 outbreaks today places Brazil on top. As reported, the country recorded the highest number of daily cases and deaths in the world on Thursday.
To date, it has the second-highest death toll across the globe due to the pandemic. But, experts predict that Brazil will surpass the United States in this aspect, according to BBC.
Other countries that are also seeing new COVID-19 outbreaks are South Korea and Australia. These nations have already placed some of their respective states and cities in lockdown since June.
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