Covid-19 update in Southeast Asia| More Serious in Thailand and Cambodia

by Huyen Nguyen
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Update on April 12, 2021

Today, Thailand recorded COVID-19 cases with a record high of nearly 4 numbers, Cambodia added 277 cases.

An outbreak in Thailand after Songkran

The Thai government has just reported 985 new cases of COVID-19 in the morning of April 12, higher than 967 cases the day before and a new record for several new questions every day since the pandemic started in this country.

This week, the risk of an outbreak is not expected to decline, as the Thai people hold a ceremony to welcome the traditional Songkran New Year. According to the South China Morning Post, many people will leave the capital to return to their hometowns to celebrate Tet with their families.

Thailand has seen a spike in cases since the beginning of the year, and the situation so far has not been controlled. This situation threatens to open up the tourism industry’s plan to welcome back visitors, which is also a key industry in Thailand. Thailand plans to reopen Phuket in July and does not quarantine vaccinated tourists. If the pilot in Phuket is successful, the government will expand to other popular tourist destinations, such as Koh Samui.
Thailand has approved a list of Covid-19 vaccines from eight carriers (including Sinovac, Biotech, and Pfizer) for foreign travelers wishing to shorten the period of mandatory isolation. On the other hand, Thailand’s Ministry of Health warned that restrictions should be tightened to slow the spread of the new Covid-19 wave. This partly undermines hope of recovery from the pandemic.

Tests showed that the coronavirus variant appeared in the UK among these positive cases. This variant is considered by experts to be significantly more contagious than the strain originally discovered in Wuhan, China.
Infections are most common in the capital Bangkok, the coastal town of Pattaya in Chonburi, and some tourist attractions in Chiang Mai. As the country’s trading hub, Bangkok is likely to become a hotspot for infections.

More serious in Cambodia
Since the Covid-19 translation took place, Cambodia was considered to have well-controlled the Covid-19 translation. However, from the incident of Chinese people in quarantine at the end of February, the epidemic showed signs of deteriorating even though the country has just announced that it has vaccinated Covid-19 for 1 million people at high risk. This country is still in danger of breaking the battle.

The Khmer Times April 12 reported that on April 11, there were 204 new cases of Covid-19 infection in Cambodia. Even on September 9, this country had more than 570 new infections, which means the number of infections per day is even higher than the whole year before. As of April 11, Cambodia had a total of 4,515 cases, up nearly nine times from the pre-quarantine level. And 30 Covid-19 infections have died in Cambodia, while 2,212 Covid-19 infections have been cured.
Meanwhile, regarding the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine, the Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of China (CCDC) Cao Phuc admitted that the effectiveness of the vaccine in this country is not high.
Up to now, Cambodia has tightened control measures when many areas are blocked, restricting movement between provinces. But in reality, Cambodia has not shown signs of effectively controlling the spread of Covid-19 in this country.

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