As of 00:45 GMT July 4 there was 62,983 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,286, or 2.08 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 172, or 0.27 per cent, are regarded as serious or critical. An additional 1,671** people were discharged.
Indonesia continued to record the most number of COVID-19 deaths in Asean yesterday with 49, taking COVID-19 related fatalities there to 3,036, while 1,301 new infections pushed the active caseload to 30,091, on the back of 901 people being declared as recovered.
In the Philippines six fatalities yesterday saw COVID-19 deaths there rise to 1,280, while 1,531 new cases, a record in a 24-hour period, pushed the active caseload to 27,983, of which 166 are regarded as serious or critical. Following treatment 400 people were declared as recovered.
There were no other COVID-19 deaths recorded throughout Asean yesterday.
In Singapore the number of active COVID-19 cases continued to ease on the back of 169 new infections and 340** discharges to 4,684**, with one patient said to be serious or critical.
Five new cases and nine recoveries in Malaysia yesterday saw the COVID-19 caseload there ease to 81, with two people said to be in a serious or critical condition, while two new infections and 14 recoveries in Myanmar yesterday saw the number of active cases there ease to 63.
In Thailand yesterday one new case amongst a returnee in quarantine and seven recoveries saw the active number of cases ease to 56, with one person said to be serious or critical.
There were no reports of changes in Brunei, Cambodia, Lao PDR, or Vietnam.
Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 158,300 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 90,787 people, or about 57.35 per cent of all Asean infections, having been treated and discharged.
In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 1.88 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.23 per cent.
There has been 4,530 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 4.75 per cent. Based on the total number of Asean infections the regional CMR is 2.86 per cent.
As of today, July 4, some 39.79 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.
**On May 28, 2020 the Singapore government announced that it was adopting a “time-based discharge criteria” under which SARS-CoV-2 positive patients will be discharged 21-days after the onset of symptoms, without the need for them to pass two negative tests 24-hours apart, as had been the case in the past.
Discharged patients will be required to self isolate for another seven days prior to commencing work, but no additional tests were announced as going to be performed on them prior to their return to employment. The active case numbers for Singapore past May 29 should be regarded as a guide only.
Global COVID-19 cases up to July 4
In the 24-hours to 00:45 GMT July 4 the number of new COVID-19 cases globally reportedly increased by 1.90 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 11,181,818*, an increase of 208,270* people.
It has been less than six days since the previous one million infection level was reached. At the current rate the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections globally is set to break through the 12 million barrier in about four days.
The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 0.98 per cent DoD to 528,378*, an increase of 5,139*.
China reported five new cases yesterday, plus an additional three after the close off for July 2 reporting to see 402 active cases there at the time of writing with 78,509 people having recovered. Officially there has been 83,545 cases of COVID-19 recorded in China and 4,634 deaths.
The most number of COVID-19 related deaths in the world was again reported in Brazil where 1,264 fatalities saw total deaths increase to 63,254, while 41,988 new infections saw the active caseload jump to 534,172. There has been 1,543,341 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil with 945,915 people having reportedly recovered.
Mexico was attributed with the second most number of deaths globally for July 3 with 679, but these had been filed ahead of the international dateline for July 2, and are in fact July 1 figures.
In filings made after the close off for July 2 Mexico reported 654 deaths and 6,740 new infections to see total deaths at the time of writing at 29,843, while there are 68,203 active cases. There has been 245,251 COVID-19 cases recorded in Mexico with 147,205 people reportedly having recovered.
The USA recorded the third highest number of deaths for July 3 with 616 to push the total to 132,101, while 54,904 new infections, the highest globally, pushed the total number of recorded infections to 2,890,588. There is currently some 1,522,999 active cases in the USA with some 1,235,488 people reportedly having recovered.
India yesterday again reported the third most number of new infections globally at 22,721 to push active cases there to 236,901, while 444 deaths saw the total number of COVID-19 fatalities there rise to 18,669.
The next most number of infections recorded in the previous 24-hours were in South Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Peru, Chile, Colombia, and Bangladesh, who reported between 3,114 and 9,063 new cases each.
Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally yesterday rose by 157,239*, or 2.56 per cent, over the day prior to 6,292,023.
At the current rate there will be/ have been some 14 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by July 15, with some 590,000 deaths.
In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 31,653 people.
Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to July 4
Global COVID-19 overview up to July 4
As of 00:45 GMT July 4 there was 4,361,417 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 45,520, or 1.05 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.35 per cent, or 58,832 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.
Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 7.75 per cent. On March 15 the CMR for completed cases was 8.0 per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 4.73 per cent.
As of July 4, some 39 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 56.27 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.
Feature image Changi General Hospital (CGH)
*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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