How are Australia’s neighbours faring in the Covid pandemic?

by Josh Nicholas

29 September 2021

Vaccination rates were rising elsewhere in the region, but many of the largest countries were falling behind. At the current rate Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands may not catch up until well into 2022.

Many of these outbreaks appear to have peaked or receded. Indonesia experienced more than 56,000 new daily cases at the peak of its recent wave in July, and Malaysia more than 24,000 in August. Indonesia was now reporting in the low thousands of new cases a day, and Malaysia was back under 15,000.

But it can be hard to tell exactly what is happening in many countries as testing rates are low, some data isn’t reported, and other data may only come in weekly or biweekly. The data in the following chart has been interpolated and smoothed for some countries:

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