As of 00:58 GMT April 23 there was 23,289 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 922 or 4.12 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 143, or 0.61 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 342 people were discharged and sent home after successful treatment.
Indonesia 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 635, while active cases rose to 5,870. Following successful treatment and negative tests 71 people were sent home.
In the Philippines nine deaths yesterday saw COVID-19 fatalities there rise to 446, while 111 new cases saw active infections increase to 5,571, one of which is serious or critical, while 524 people went home.
In Malaysia one death saw fatalities there rise to 93, while 50 new infections and 103 discharges saw the active caseload fall to 1,987, with 43 people reportedly in a serious or critical condition.
In Thailand the active caseload continued to fall yesterday, despite one death and 15 new cases. There is currently 425 active cases in Thailand of which 61 are rated as serious or critical, with deaths now totalling 49. Yesterday 244 people were sent home.
Singapore yesterday continued to report new cases on the wrong side of one thousand, recording 1,016 fresh infections to drive the active caseload up to 9,233, with 27 rated serious or critical. Fifty-seven people were discharged and sent home.
Myanmar was once again the only other country in Asean to record new COVID-19 cases yesterday with two fresh infections pushing the active caseload to 111.
Cambodia leads region in race to the bottom
There was no new SARS-CoV-2 infections detected in Brunei, Cambodia, Lao PDR, or Vietnam during the period, with the caseloads reducing in all but one as a result of patient discharges.
In Brunei one discharge saw the active caseload fall to 20, while two discharges in Lao PDR and seven in Vietnam saw the active caseloads there drop to 15 and 45 respectively. Leading the region in the race to the bottom is Cambodia where no new infections for the 11th day in a row saw active COVID-19 cases remain at 12, with one reported to be serious or critical.
Since the first Asean case was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 33,297 confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded in Asean member countries with 8,763 people, or about 26.32 per cent of all infections, having been treated and discharged.
In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 6.36 per cent, while deaths increased 2.56 per cent.
There has been 1,241 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 12.40 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.73 per cent.
As of today, April 23, some 69.94 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections in Asean remain active.
Global COVID-19 cases up to April 23
In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT April 23, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 3.13 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 2,635,719 an increase of 79,959
The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 3.72 per cent DoD to 184,066 an increase of 6,607, the majority, 2,341, in the USA.
China reported 30 new infections for the period bringing the official case count there to 82,788, with 1,005 current active cases and 77,151 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 27,362, or 3.96 per cent, over the day prior to 717,625.
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 246,000 deaths.
Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to April 23
Global COVID-19 overview up to April 23
As of 00:58 GMT April 23 there was 1,735,585 active cases of COVID-19 globally, of which some 3.23 per cent, or 56,674 people, are classified as serious or critical.
Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 20.43 per cent. On March 15 the CMR was eight per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 6.98 per cent.
As of April 23, 27.21 per cent of all confirmed cases have been marked as recovered.
Feature image Manila Public Information Office
*Daily figures subject to final adjustment.
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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