Even a country that tried lockdowns with some travel controls like Denmark has a markedly higher fatality rate of 45.90 due to slower and less effective measures. This gap in fatality rates will narrow in the months ahead as Singapore re-opens, but it is unlikely to be fully closed.
FATALITY RATES CREEPING UP
Brunei, having done well before Delta, has also lost ground significantly since. With 64 deaths among its small population, the deaths per 100,000 have risen to 14.77.
Similarly, Cambodia, another early success with a young population and a successful vaccination programme, has a death rate of 15.20 per 100,000 now because of the Delta variant.
Only Laos, with a youthful and less urbanised population, has been less hurt by Delta, managing to keep fatalities at 0.36 per 100,000.
Thailand and Malaysia were in the middle group of Southeast Asian countries in dealing with COVID in 2020.
Thailand remains in that position now. Its vaccination programme got off to a slow start due to vaccine supply issues and, despite a pickup since, it is still lagging with about 33 per cent fully vaccinated to date and 50 per cent having at least one dose.
While cases surged due to the Delta variant, the accessibility and strength of its medical system kept its fatality rate at a relatively low 25.41 per 100,000.