In many countries in Asia and the Pacific, the epidemic is on the rise. South Korea is now using unusual measures to prevent the spread of the infection.
Gyms in Seoul need to reduce treadmills to 6km / h. Music with a tempo of more than 120 beats per episode. Minute is also prohibited. Health officials in South Korea say the restrictions will prevent people from sweating on each other BBC.
These measures have been introduced since the new corona erupted in South Korea. Prime Minister Kim Jong Un warned on Friday that the country had reached a “maximum crisis level”.
These actions have been criticized by many.
Kang Hyun-ku, who owns a fitness center in Seoul, has questioned whether there is evidence that the choice between classical music and PTS (South Korean K-pop group, editor’s note) affects the spread of the corona virus.
It is also not allowed to train at home for more than two hours.
The corona virus is on the rise in Asia. An increase in epidemics and multiple deaths have been reported in many countries. Reference to ease of strict domestic controls due to infectious delta variation, low vaccination rate and increase in previous infections.
Officials in countries such as Thailand, South Korea and Vietnam announced or introduced measures by the weekend that they hope will prevent a new wave before the health service kneels.
While the numbers overall are far from those recorded in the worst-affected areas in Europe and the United States, the rapid increase is sounding alarm bells. Many Western countries with high doses of the vaccine breathe easier, and are more open.
By last weekend, about 75 people a day had died in Thailand. Last Friday, South Korea registered 1,316 new cases of the disease. Indonesian officials said for the first time that hospitals should reject patients and that stocks of oxygen had run out.
Only from April
Since the outbreak, 317,506 cases and 2,534 deaths have been reported in Thailand, more than 90 percent of them since April this year.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha’s handling of the epidemic has drawn sharp criticism. In particular, his decision to allow Thais to travel to the Sangsron Festival in April to celebrate Thai New Year has met with anger and frustration.
Thailand already has strict requirements for masks and other measures to prevent the spread of the infection, but by the end of the week, the government announced ten new measures to close or reduce grocery stores, various types of stations and the transport sector.
– There is something wrong with government policy. Vaccination is too late and we need to get the best vaccines, says 60-year-old IT researcher Cherkern Rachachevt, who rushes to Super ‘to store supplies. She had several masks and a vision. He will not receive his first dose of the vaccine until the end of the month.
The vaccine is slow
Vaccination is slow across Asia and the Pacific. Production and distribution were not at their peak, and when infection rates were low, nations first adopted a wait-and-see attitude.
In South Korea, which was initially praised for its swift response to testing and contagion tracking, critical voices now say the rise is due to the government easing measures for economic reasons. At the same time, there is a shortage of vaccines. 70% of people are waiting for their first dose.
By the weekend, the infection had increased sharply in the Seoul area, and authorities had introduced drastic measures so far during the outbreaks. After Kl. 18 community gatherings of more than two persons are prohibited, nightclubs and churches are closed, visitors are not allowed in hospitals and nursing homes, and weddings and funerals are allowed only for those closest to the family.
Indonesia is very bad
No country has been hit harder than Indonesia, where infection rates and deaths have doubled in two weeks.
Health experts say the July 3 strike was too late and that the current tidal wave, which is currently strong in Java, Bali and parts of Sumatra, will soon spread across the archipelago. The healthcare system is already struggling on the edge of its effectiveness.
In Malaysia, there are strict rules for people to stay at home. Only one person from each household can go to the store and buy the most needed items.
Despite this, infection rates continue to rise after July 1. Before the weekend, about 9,200 cases were reported daily. Since July 1, the death toll has risen to nearly 6,000.
This is the second major strike in Malaysia in a year. Officials say it will be maintained until the number of victims is less than 4,000 daily and at least 10 percent will be vaccinated.
But the costs to society are enormous. The economic crisis is getting worse every day, with dozens of companies forming and thousands losing their jobs.
Before the weekend, Vietnam also introduced stricter restrictions. The city of Ho Chi Minh was completely closed for two weeks, severely affecting the country’s economic and financial center. Nine million people in the city are allowed to go out to buy food and medicine, as well as do other important work.
In the first year, Vietnam managed to control the death toll to 2,800, and no new epidemics were reported in the first three months of the year.
But then the numbers skyrocketed. In the last two months, 22,000 new cases of infection have been registered. Only 4 percent of the population has received a single dose, but the government hopes to have 70 percent of the country’s 96 million people vaccinated by the end of this year.
In India, where the delta variant was first discovered, the traumatic period of April and May has been replaced by a period in the hope that the worst period is over. Earlier this year, India experienced a high death toll, beds and oxygen-laden hospitals, and cremations from firewood for cremation.
Now the number of victims and deaths is declining, but only 5 percent are fully vaccinated. While temporary hospitals are being built in the districts, officials are finding it difficult to dispense vaccines and oxygen stocks are being replenished.
Japan and Australia have also introduced new regulations. The world is paying close attention to what is happening in the Japanese community where the Olympic Summer Games will take place later this month.
By the end of the week, the authorities had decided that the exercises should be completed without spectators in the stadiums.