New waves of according to Johns Hopkins University, still surpassing the first wave record of 6,700 new cases in a day set in August 2020. Looking at new cases in relation to population, the Philippines remain the second most affected major country in Asia. The 7-day rolling average of new cases per one million of population stood at 89 Tuesday, followed by almost 69 new cases/million in Malaysia.
Japan became the fourth most affected country in the region after daily case counts started rising again. This is concerning given the country's very slow start to its vaccination campaign and the upcoming Olympic Games that are supposed to be held with domestic spectators in capital city Tokyo. New cases in Nepal were rising at an even quicker rate after they recently began to fall again for India's other close neighbor, Bangladesh.
Countries in Southeast Asia - Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand - have also seen more new cases than usual. Yet, the overall number of infections in the little-affected region remains low despite Thailand also breaking its record for daily new infections with 1,767 recorded Sunday. New infections remained at stable levels in Indonesia, South Korea and Singapore.