COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 18 — cases continue to drop in Thailand as USA sets new daily record for deaths

COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 18 — cases continue to drop in Thailand as USA sets new daily record for deaths

As of 00:54 GMT April 18 there was 17,506 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 834, or 5.00 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 146, or 0.83 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 461 people were discharged and sent home after successful treatment.

The Philippines yesterday the regions highest number of daily deaths in a 24-hour period with 25 people succumbing to the SARS-CoV-2 virus to bring fatalities there to 387, while active infections there rise to 5,004, one of which is said to be serious or critical, while 52 people were discharged and sent home.

In Indonesia 24 people reportedly died due to COVID-19 bringing fatalities there to 520, while active cases rose to 4,796 with the discovery of 407 new cases. Following successful treatment and negative tests 59 people were sent home.

Two deaths in Malaysia pushed the number of fatalities there to 86, while 69 new cases and 201 discharges saw the active caseload fall to 2,198, with 51 patients said to be in a serious or critical condition.

Singapore yesterday noted 728 new cases of COVID-19 and one death to push active COVID-19 infections there to 4,331, of which 22 are regarded as serious or critical, and fatalities to 11. Twenty-five people were sent home following treatment.

One death in Thailand yesterday saw total fatalities there rise to 47, while 96 discharges saw the caseload continue to decrease, down to 964, despite the discovery of 28 new infections. Sixty-one people remain classified as serious or critical in Thailand.

Myanmar reported three new cases and three discharges yesterday to bring active COVID-19 cases there to 79.

Vietnam and Brunei reported no new COVID-19 infections during the period with 21 people in the former and four people in the latter being returned home, resulting in the active caseload falling to 70 and 23 respectively. Eight people in the former and two in the latter remain classified as serious or critical. There was no change to the figures in Cambodia or Lao PDR over the previous 24-hours.

Since the first Asean case was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 25,435 confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded in Asean member countries with 6,873 people, or about 27.02 per cent of all infections, having been treated and discharged.

In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 7.12 per cent, while deaths increased 5.28 per cent.

There has been 1,056 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Asean member countries, representing a case mortality rate based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead) of 13.32 per cent.

As of today, April 18, some 68.82 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections in Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to April 18
Asean COVID-19 update to April 18 Stella-maris Ewudolu

Global COVID-19 cases up to April 17

In the 24-hours to 00:54 GMT April 18, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 4.06 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 2,250,119 an increase of 87,752.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 6.03 per cent DoD to 154,241 an increase of 8,768, the majority, 2,535, in the USA. This is a new record for deaths in a single country in a 24-hour period.

China reported 26 new infections for the period, bringing the official case count there to 82,367, with 1,108 current active cases and 77,944 recovered patients.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally rose by 24,483, or 4.48 per cent, over the day prior to 571,577.

At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 3.7 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by the end of April, with some 330,000 deaths.

COVID-19 global tally to April 18
COVID-19 global tally to April 18 Digital Editor

Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to April 18

COVID-19 global deaths to April 18
COVID-19 global deaths to April 18 Digital Editor

Global COVID-19 overview up to April 18

As of 00:54 GMT April 18 there was 1,524,301 active cases of COVID-19 globally, of which some 3.74 per cent, or 56,963 cases, are classified as serious or critical.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current case mortality rate (CMR) is 21.25 per cent. On March 15 the CMR was eight per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 6.46 per cent.

As of April 18, only 25.40 per cent of all confirmed cases have been marked as recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to April 18
COVID-19 global snapshot to April 18 Worldometers

 

Feature image KemenkesRI

 

*Daily figures subject to 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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