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Millions of Covid-19 Infections Overwhelm Hospitals in Asia: IFRC

English south and central asia covid-19 pandemic
Wahyu Dwi Anggoro • 12 May 2021 15:37
Kuala Lumpur: The world’s fastest surge of covid-19 is pushing hospitals and health systems to the brink of collapse as Asia has fast become the global covid-19 hotspot, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has said.
Across Asia, more than 5.9 million people have been reported newly infected with covid-19 in the past 14 days, according to Oxford University’s Our World in Data.
“Covid-19 is exploding across much of Asia, overwhelming hospitals and healthcare. More people have been diagnosed with the disease in Asia over the past two weeks than in the Americas, Europe, and Africa combined," Alexander Matheou, IFRC's Asia Pacific Director, said in a press release on Wednesday.

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"Right now, we need global solidarity for regional support with more medical equipment, support for prevention and urgent access to vaccines," he stated. 
Seven of the 10 countries globally that are doubling their infection numbers the fastest are in Asia and the Pacific. 
Laos took just 12 days to see its caseload double, and the number of cases in India has doubled in under two months to more than 23 million.
The speed and scale of this COVID-19 surge has slammed into hospitals and overwhelmed medical staff already struggling to cope. 
Vaccination campaigns are underway, but they are hampered by shortages, hesitancy, and the costly logistics of reaching many areas across Asia and the Pacific.
"Frontline workers are risking their lives and doing an incredible job despite being under-resourced and exhausted, but they cannot manage this crisis alone," he said.
"To Bring this pandemic under control we need greater global cooperation so that lifesaving resources, medical equipment, vaccines and money, get where they are needed to help people most at risk. We’re only safe when everyone is safe," he stated.  

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