As of 00:30 GMT May 21 there was 42,388 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 420, or 1.00 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 168, or 0.40 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 1,134 people were declared as having recovered.
Indonesia yesterday recorded the most number of deaths throughout the region with 21 fatalities taking the number of deaths there to 1,242, while 693 newly discovered infections, the most there for a single day, pushed the active caseload to 13,372. After negative testing 108 people were discharged.
In the Philippines five fatalities pushed COVID-19 deaths there to 842, while 279 fresh infections saw the active caseload rise to 9,447, of which 81 are considered serious or critical. Following treatment 89 people went home.
There were no other COVID-19 related deaths recorded in any other Asean member country during the period.
In Singapore yesterday 570 new infections and 842 discharges combined to see active cases fall for the sixth consecutive day, dropping to 18,135, of which 11 are graded as serious or critical.
Malaysia yesterday recorded 31 fresh cases and 60 discharges to see the active caseload fall to 1,189, of which 11 are said to be serious or critical.
Six new infections in Myanmar and four discharges saw the active caseload there climb to 85, while one fresh infection in Thailand yesterday and 31 discharges saw active cases fall to 90, with 61 people said to remain in a serious or critical condition.
There were no changes reported in Brunei, Cambodia, Lao PDR, or Vietnam during the period, with Lao PDR clocking up its 38th day without a new infection, the most in the region.
Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 72,622 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 27,951 people, or about 38.49 per cent, of all infections having been treated and discharged.
In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 4.23 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.15 per cent.
There has been 2,283 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 7.55 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.14 per cent.
As of today, May 21, some 58.37 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.
Global COVID-19 cases up to May 21
In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT May 21, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 2.00 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 5,082,647 an increase of 99,710. The number of new SARS-CoV-2 infections since the first one million continues to grow at the rate of one million every 12 days, though the sixth one million looks set to be reached in nine days at the current rate, on May 29.
The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 1.46 per cent DoD to 329,293, an increase of 4,739, the majority, 1,439, in the USA.
China yesterday reported five new infections bringing the official case count there to 82,965, with 87 current active cases and 78,244 recovered patients. There has been 4,634 deaths from SARS-CoV-2 in China.
In comparison the USA yesterday reported 21,256 new infections to bring the active caseload there to 1,126,791. There has been 1,591,839 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections recorded in the USA and 94,972 deaths. Only 23.25 per cent of all US cases have recovered.
Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally rose by 61,843, or 3.16 per cent, over the day prior to 2,020,151.
At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 6.3 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by the end of May, with some 380,000 deaths.
In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 31,528 people.
Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to May 21
Global COVID-19 overview up to May 21
As of 00:30 GMT May 21 there was 2,733,085 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 1.13 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.68 per cent, or 45,803 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.
Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 14.02 per cent. On March 15 the CMR for completed cases was eight per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 6.48 per cent.
As of May 21, some 51.81 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 39.75 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.
Feature image the Senate of Cambodia
*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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