COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 17 — new record for daily infections as 14 mln barrier nudged

• Asean cases top 200,000 | • Brazil tops 2 mln cases | • USA tops 70,000 new infections in 24-hours | • India tops 35,000 new cases in 24-hours, 1 mln total cases

COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 17 — new record for daily infections as 14 mln barrier nudged
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As of 00:42 GMT July 17 there was 79,757 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 2,094, or 2.70 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 653, or 0.82 per cent, are serious or critical. A total 2,049** people were discharged or marked as recovered.

Indonesia yesterday reported the highest number of deaths in the region with 76 to take COVID-19 related fatalities there to 3,873, while 1,574 new infections pushed the active caseload to 40,345 on the back of 1,295 people being declared as recovered.

The Philippines yesterday recorded 29 new deaths and 2,498 new cases, a new record for infections in a  24-hour period, to see total deaths climb to 1,643, while the active caseload jumped up to 38,183, of which 647 are regarded as serious or critical. Following treatment 464 people were declared as recovered.

There were no other COVID-19 deaths recorded throughout Asean yesterday.

The active caseload in Singapore yesterday eased to 3,843** on the back of 248 new infections and 268** discharges, while three new cases and 12 recoveries in Malaysia saw the active caseload there ease to 77, three of who are said to be serious or critical.

Four new cases in Thailand among returnees and three recoveries yesterday saw the number of active infections there edge up to 83, one of which is serious or critical, while two new cases in Myanmar and four recoveries saw the active caseload there ease to 63.

One new case in Cambodia amongst a returnee saw active cases there edge up to 33. However, in an early morning announcement on July 17 five additional cases were reported, taking the active caseload at the time of writing to 38, one of which is serious or critical.

Three recoveries in Vietnam saw active cases there ease to 25, of which one is said to serious or critical.

There were no reports of changes in Brunei or Lao PDR during the period.

Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 203,079 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 117,590 people, or about 57.90 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 1.77 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.87 per cent.

There has been 5,732 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 4.65 per cent. Based on the total number of Asean infections the regional CMR is 2.82 per cent.

As of today, July 17, some 39.27 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to July 17
Asean COVID-19 update to July 17 Stella-maris Ewudolu


**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 17

In the 24-hours to 00:42 GMT July 17 the number of new COVID-19 cases globally reportedly increased by 1.77 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 13,931,769*, an increase of 242,884* people.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 0.97 per cent DoD to 591,883*, an increase of 5,662*.

According to the Worldometers tally, China yesterday reported one new case, however, this had been filed after the close-off for July 15 and represent that day’s figures.

In late filings after the close for July 16 China added 10 new case to see 251 active infections, with 78,737 reported recoveries and 4,634 deaths. There has been 83,622 COVID-19 cases recorded in China.

Brazil remained the global centre of COVID-19 deaths yesterday reporting 1,299 fatalities to take total deaths to 76,822, while 43,829 new infections saw the active caseload sit at 571,141.

There has been 2,014,738 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil with 1,366,775 people having reportedly recovered.

The USA recorded the second most number of deaths globally yesterday with 888 to push the total to 141,118, while 67,888 new infections saw active cases rise to 1,874,923. There has been 3,689,525 COVID-19 cases in the USA.

India yesterday recorded the third most most number of deaths globally with 680 to take total deaths to 25,609, while the active caseload swelled to 343,426 on the back of 35,468 new cases, the third most globally during the period. There has been 1,005,637 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India with 636,602 reported recoveries.

The next most number of infections recorded in the previous 24-hours were in South Africa, Colombia, Russia, Mexic, Peru, and Argentina who reported between 3,637 and 13,172 new cases each.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally yesterday rose by 237,783*, or 2.96 per cent, over the day prior to 8,266,378.

At the current rate there will be/ have been some 18 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by July 31, with some 684,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 35,209 people.

COVID-19 global tally to July 17
COVID-19 global tally to July 17 John Le Fevre


Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to July 17

COVID-19 global deaths to July 17
COVID-19 global deaths to July 17 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to July 17

As of 00:42 GMT July 17 there was 5,073,508 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 6,452 or 0.13 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.18 per cent, or 59,897 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 6.68 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 4.25 per cent.

As of July 17, some 36.42 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 59.33 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to July 17
COVID-19 global snapshot to July 17 Worldometers



Feature image VP Leni Robredo



*Daily figures subject to final 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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