Almost 40,000 new Covid infections reported in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian countries collectively reported nearly 40,000 new Covid-19 infections yesterday, with the total now reported in the region exceeding 12.5 million. Nation Thailand reports that 39,996 new cases were reported yesterday, with 492 deaths. There have now been 268,655 Covid-related deaths in ASEAN countries.

Meanwhile, Cambodia is planning a complete restart of its economy, provided that the situation remains stable after the period of religious holidays which occurred between October 5 and 7. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said people will have to change their lifestyles to adjust to the “new normal”, which means the virus will be considered endemic. Cambodia has an average of less than 300 new cases and 20 Covid-related deaths per day.

Elsewhere, Singapore is getting tough on the unvaccinated as it also prepares to live with Covid-19. Starting Wednesday, restaurants, shopping malls and other attractions will be off-limits to anyone who has not been vaccinated. The only exceptions will be children under 12 and people who have recovered from the virus and can provide a negative test result.

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THE SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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