Thailand, Laos Report Surging COVID Cases As India's Outbreaks Spreads Across Asia | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Thailand, Laos Report Surging COVID Cases As India's Outbreaks Spreads Across Asia

Just as the WHO feared, India's brutal second wave has spilled over its borders, sending COVID-19 cases rising across the region, as cases climb in neighboring Bhutan and Nepal and as far away as Laos and Thailand.

According to Bloomberg, the acceleration in the region is mainly due to more contagious mutant strains, like the B.1617 variant first identified in India, which has been now been traced beyond its borders. The WHO has released a list of 10 mutant strains that it is keeping a close eye on.

New strains are identified every day as the virus continues to evolve, but only a handful make the WHO’s official watchlist as a "variant of interest" or the more serious designation "variant of concern," which is generally defined as a mutated strain that’s more contagious, more deadly and more resistant to current vaccines and treatments.

Like in India, the surging case numbers are overwhelming health-care systems in Laos and elsewhere. Laos health minister last week sought medical equipment and supplies as cases jumped 200x in a month. Nepal is seeing hospitals quickly filling up and, like India, it's running out of oxygen supplies. Health facilities are under pressure in Thailand, where 98% of new cases are from a more infectious mutant strain, while some island nations in the Pacific Ocean are facing their first waves of COVID.

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