COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 21 — infections soar in Singapore, fewest in Cambodia

COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 21 — infections soar in Singapore, fewest in Cambodia

As of 01:02 GMT April 21 there was 21,044 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,536, or 7.87 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 141, or 0.67 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 319 people were discharged and sent home after successful treatment.

The Philippines yesterday recorded the most number of deaths in a 24-hour period in the region with 19 people succumbing to the SARS-CoV-2 virus to bring fatalities there to 428, while active cases rose to 5,418, one of which is said to be serious or critical. Following successful treatment and negative tests 41 people were sent home.

In Indonesia eight deaths yesterday saw COVID-19 fatalities there rise to 590, while 185 new cases saw active infections rise to 5,423. Sixty-one people were discharged and sent home.

Singapore: Asean’s number one COVID-19 hotspot

A regional daily record for increases in a 24-hour period saw Singapore cement its position as Asean’s number one COVID-19 hotspot with 1,426 new positive infections, mostly due to widespread testing of foreign workers living in dormitories, taking the active caseload to 7,202, 23 of which are serious or critical. Thirty-three people were sent home following treatment.

In Myanmar eight new cases saw the number of active COVID-19 cases there rise to 107.

Cambodia has fewest COVID-19 cases in Asean

In Malaysia active infections continue to fall with 36 new infections and 98 discharges seeing the active caseload fall to 2,041, with 45 reportedly in a serious or critical condition.

Similarly enjoying a fall in active cases over the past 24 hours was Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, and Cambodia, which saw 71, 12, 1, and 2 discharges respectively.

In Thailand 746 cases of COVID-19 remain active, 61 of which are said to be serious or critical, Vietnam has 54 active cases, eight reportedly serious or critical, while Brunei has 21 cases, two of which are serious or critical.

With just 15 active COVID-19 cases, one of which is reportedly serious or critical, Cambodia currently has the least number of SARS-CoV-2 infections in Asean.  There was no change to the COVID-19 situation in Lao PDR during the period.

Since the first Asean case was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 30,116 confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded in Asean member countries with 7,901 people, or about 26.24 per cent of all infections, having been treated and discharged.

In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 4.21 per cent, while deaths increased 2.33 per cent.

There has been 1,171 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Asean member countries, representing a case mortality rate (CMR) based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead) of 12.91 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.89 per cent.

As of today, April 21, some 69.88 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections in Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to April 21
Asean COVID-19 update to April 21 Stella-maris Ewudolu

Global COVID-19 cases up to April 21

In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT April 21, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 3.07 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 2,480,503 an increase of 73,928.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 3.25 per cent DoD to 170,397 an increase of 5,366, the majority, 1,939, in the USA.

China reported 12 new infections for the period, bringing the official case count there to 82,742, with 1,031 current active cases and 77,084 recovered patients. There has been 4,632 deaths from SARS-CoV-2 in China.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally rose by 29,805, or 3.83 per cent, over the day prior to 646,675.

At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 3.3 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by the end of April, with some 230,000 deaths.

COVID-19 global tally to April 21
COVID-19 global tally to April 21 Webmaster 2

Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to April 21

COVID-19 global deaths to April 21
COVID-19 global deaths to April 21 Digital Editor

Global COVID-19 overview up to April 21

As of 01:02 GMT April 21 there was 1,663,928 active cases of COVID-19 globally, of which some 3.41 per cent, or 56,765 cases, are classified as serious or critical.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 20.86 per cent. On March 15 the CMR was eight per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 6.88 per cent.

As of April 21, only 26.06 per cent of all confirmed cases have been marked as recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to April 21
COVID-19 global snapshot to April 21 Webmaster 2

 

Feature image Manila Public Information Office

 

*Daily figures subject to final adjustment.

 

 

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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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