As of 01:09 GMT April 20 there was 19,508 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 783, or 4.18 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 141, or 0.72 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 382 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 47 people succumbing to the SARS-CoV-2 virus to bring fatalities there to 582, while active cases rose to 5,307 with the discovery of 327 new cases. Following successful treatment and negative tests 55 people were sent home.
In the Philippines yesterday 12 deaths and 172 new cases saw active infections there rise to 5,278, one of which is said to be serious or critical, and deaths to 409, while 56 people were discharged and sent home.
One death in Malaysia pushed the number of fatalities there to 89, while 84 new cases and 95 discharges saw the active caseload fall to 2,103, with 46 patients said to be in a serious or critical condition.
Leaping to the top of the regional tally board, Singapore yesterday noted 596 new cases to push active COVID-19 infections there to 5,809, of which 22 are regarded as serious or critical. Twenty-eight people were sent home following treatment.
In Thailand yesterday 141 discharges saw the caseload continue to decrease, down to 790, despite the discovery of 32 new infections. Sixty-one people remain classified as serious or critical in Thailand.
In Myanmar 13 new cases and two people discharged saw the number of active COVID-19 cases there rise to 99, while one fresh COVID-19 case in Brunei saw active infections there fall to 22, after two people were sent home following treatment.
There was no new infections reported in Cambodia, for the eighth successive day, nor in Lao PDR, or Vietnam. In Cambodia two people were sent home, lowering the active caseload there to 17, while one discharge in Vietnam saw the number of active COVID-19 cases there fall to 66. There was no change to the situation in Lao PDR.
Since the first Asean case was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 28,234 confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded in Asean member countries with 7,582 people, or about 26.85 per cent of all infections, having been treated and discharged.
In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 5.31 per cent, while deaths increased 5.54 per cent.
There has been 1,144 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 13.11 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 4.05 per cent.
As of today, April 20, some 69.09 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections in Asean remain active.
Global COVID-19 cases up to April 20
In the 24-hours to 01:09 GMT April 20, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 3.26 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 2,406,823 an increase of 76,052.
The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 3.13 per cent DoD to 165,054 an increase of 5,007, the majority, 1,539, in the USA.
China reported 16 new infections for the period, bringing the official case count there to 82,735, with 1,041 current active cases and 77,062 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 20,333, or 3.41 per cent, over the day prior to 616,870.
At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 3.4 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by the end of April, with some 231,000 deaths.
Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to April 20
Global COVID-19 overview up to April 20
As of 01:09 GMT April 20 there was 1,624,899 active cases of COVID-19 globally, of which some 3.34per cent, or 54,222 cases, are classified as serious or critical.
Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 21.11 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 20, only 25.63 per cent of all confirmed cases have been marked as recovered.
Feature image Manila Public Information Office
*Daily figures subject to final adjustment.
John Le Fevre
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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