Thailand, which had been among the most successful countries in containing the coronavirus, imposed wide-ranging new restrictions on Monday as cases hit a daily high of 745. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha urged people to stay home, and Bangkok ordered schools, bars and entertainment venues to close.
In Japan, officials considered a state of emergency for Tokyo — which set a daily case record of 1,337 — the first such declaration since April. The country has closed its borders to foreign travelers after discovering cases of the new variant that first emerged in Britain.
And China has imposed “wartime mode” measures in several regions in the north of the country, conducting mass tests, sealing off villages that had confirmed infections and limiting entry into some districts.