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China confirms COVID-19 cases in at least 8 provinces; Southeast Asian countries extend lockdown measures Updated: 2021-08-02 17:10:55 KST

China is currently on alert amid what seems like the country's worst COVID-19 outbreak this year.
Fueled with the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, at least 8 provinces reported infections on Monday.
The country's latest outbreak started last month in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, after airport cleaning staff were found to have the Delta variant.
The National Health Commission on Monday reported 55 locally transmitted cases.
40 of them were from Jiangsu Province, and the remaining 15 were from various regions including Hunan, Hubei, and Beijing.
Although the daily figure is relatively lower than other countries, the Global Times on Sunday reported that "the recent surge is the most serious one since the initial outbreak in Wuhan".

The Delta variant is now almost completely dominant in Indonesia.
According to the Indonesian Health Ministry on Sunday, 86-percent of infections from 24 provinces were found to be the Delta variant.
The ministry added that the mutated strain has spread almost evenly throughout the country.

Other Southeast Asian countries are also grappling with surging infections and are taking stronger measures to curb the spread.
Thailand has decided to extend its lockdown for 13 provinces, for another two weeks starting Tuesday.
And an additional 16 provinces have also been added to the list.
Under Thailand's lockdown, restaurants will only allow deliveries, and religious, cultural and sports facilities will close.
Vietnam is also extending its lockdown for two more weeks starting Monday.
During the lockdown period, people are to stay at home, except for buying essential goods such as food or medicine.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
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