COVID-19 cases in Asia exceed 100 million – SABC News

Coronavirus infections in Asia exceeded 100 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters unanimously, where the area registers revival in cases, is dominated by BA. 2 Omicron sub-variants.

The area reports over 1 million new COVID-19 cases every two days, according to a Reuters analysis. With more than half of the world’s population, Asia accounts for 21% of all reported COVID-19 cases.

The highly contagious but less deadly BA.2 subgenre of Omicron has peaked in recent weeks in countries such as South Korea, China and Vietnam. BA.2 now accounts for almost 86% of all sequenced cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

South Korea is at the forefront of the world in the daily average number of new cases reported, which is one in four infections reported worldwide each day, according to Reuters analysis.

Although the number of cases has leveled off since earlier in March, the country is still reporting more than 300 deaths on average each day, with authorities ordering crematoria nationwide to operate longer.

China is trying to tame its worst epidemic since the epidemic began. The increase in COVID-19 cases in Shanghai, driven by the BA.2 database, has led to the closure of the financial center.

The city moved into a two-stage closure of its 26 million residents on Monday and restricted movement on bridges and highways to keep the spread.

China has reported more than 45,000 new cases since the beginning of this year, a higher number than in 2021. Even though China has sown 90% of its population, not enough elderly people have received booster doses, making them susceptible to re-infections.

Although China is sticking to its plan to crush the epidemic, experts abroad are still skeptical about the effectiveness of the closure in light of the highly contagious Omicron variant.

“It’s clear from Australia and the rest of the world that closures are simply not effective against Omicron, so a big wave is expected,” said Adrian Esterman, a biostatistics specialist at the University of South Australia.

India alone accounts for 43 million COVID-19 cases, more than the total of the next three worst-hit Asian countries, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam.

India has reported less than 2,000 cases a day over the past 11 days against a peak this year in January, averaging over 300,000 cases a day.

Earlier in March, Asia passed 1 million COVID-related deaths. There have now been 1,027,586 million COVID deaths across the continent.

Vaccines are considered less effective against BA. 2 subspecies compared to their predecessors. Studies have shown that Omicron can re-infect people who have been previously diagnosed with different types of coronary heart disease.

COVID-19 cases in Asia exceed 100 million – SABC News

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