After recording far fewer cases than Europe and North America for most of the past year, South-East Asia is swimming in covid-19. Indonesia has the most new cases in absolute terms and has surpassed other hotspots like India and, for a time, even Brazil. In America a successful vaccination drive has helped the country emerge from the worst of the pandemic. But scepticism about vaccination is widespread on the American right, and 99% of those who died recently from covid-19 were unvaccinated people. One of the most durable consequences of the pandemic—so-called “long covid”—remains little understood. But new research marks an advance in diagnosing the condition.
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