With nearly 137 million cases globally, Cambodia is at risk of breaking the Covid-19 battle
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With nearly 137 million cases globally, Cambodia is at risk of breaking the Covid-19 battle

The world recorded 136,609,593 nCoV infections and 2,948,581 deaths, an increase of 613,596 and 7,430 respectively, while 109,772,794 people have recovered, according to real-time statistics site Worldometers.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on April 11 criticized China for not providing access to international experts and not sharing information in real time.

Blinken’s harsh remarks underscore recent criticism of Beijing from President Joe Biden administration officials, who said China lacked transparency in the early days of the pandemic.

People outside a Covid-19 vaccination site in Beijing.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on March 30 that much data was not provided to WHO investigators during a working trip to China to find the origin of nCoV, adding

`It’s important to have a firm conclusion about how the pandemic started. We need to do that to understand what happened and prevent it from happening again. That’s why we need to get to the bottom of it,`

The US, the largest epidemic area in the world, reported 31,917,316 cases of infection and 575,821 deaths due to nCoV, an increase of 50,236 cases and 268 deaths compared to the previous day.

As of April 8, nearly 20% of Americans have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

India is the second largest epidemic area in the world with 13,525,364 cases of infection and 170,209 deaths, an increase from the previous day of 169,899 and 904 cases respectively.

The second outbreak spread faster than the first outbreak in the middle of last year, forcing many states to apply strict blockade measures.

The Indian government believes that the outbreak has flared up again due to crowds of people gathering and not wearing masks since businesses reopened in February. Many states have spoken out about vaccine shortages, although

Brazil is the third largest epidemic area in the world with 13,482,023 infections and 353,137 deaths, an increase of 37,017 and 1,668 respectively.

Despite the surge in infections, President Jair Bolsonaro continues to oppose lockdowns and other restrictions, criticizing governors and mayors for implementing them.

France, the fourth largest epidemic area in the world, recorded 5,058,680 cases of infection and 98,750 deaths.

Paris police said on April 10 that they fined more than 100 diners at an underground restaurant for violating epidemic prevention regulations and arrested the restaurant owner.

Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on April 8 that 10 million French people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

England, reported 4,369,775 infected people and 127,087 deaths, an increase of 1,730 and 7 cases respectively.

Scientists at University College London (UCL) predict that the UK could reach an important threshold when the proportion of people `safe` from the virus thanks to vaccination, previously infected or naturally immune will reach 73.4% by next day.

This is the milestone where scientists believe that the UK can achieve herd immunity to repel the virus.

However, many scholars and scientists in the UK are still skeptical about the UCL research team’s predictions, while Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government will continue to monitor actual figures.

In Southeast Asia, Indonesia is the largest epidemic area in the region with 1,566,995 cases, an increase of 4,127, of which 42,530 people died, an increase of 87.

Jakarta warned that 100 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine may not be delivered to Indonesia on time, due to export restrictions in India.

The Southeast Asian country has vaccinated at least 13.5 million doses.

The Philippines is the second largest epidemic region in Southeast Asia, recording 864,868 cases and 14,945 deaths, an increase of 11,681 and 201 cases respectively.

The Philippines has suspended AstraZeneca vaccination for people under 60 years old after reports of blood clotting in many countries, stalling the country’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign.

The Philippines has received about 2.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, mostly from China’s Sinovac company.

Cambodia recorded 157 more cases of nCoV infection, bringing the total number of people infected with Covid-19 to 4,238.

WHO representative in Cambodia Li Ailan warned that the country is `standing on the brink of a national tragedy` due to Covid-19.

Infections in Cambodia have increased sharply since the end of February when an outbreak was discovered in the Chinese community in this country.

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