COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 18 — Indonesia active cases ease, 14mln global infections, US daily infections at new high

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COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 18 — Indonesia active cases ease, 14mln global infections, US daily infections at new high
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As of 00:38 GMT July 18 there was 81,084 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,327, or 1.66 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 653, or 0.81 per cent, are serious or critical. A total 2,123** people were discharged or marked as recovered.

Indonesia yesterday reported the highest number of deaths in the region with 84 to take COVID-19 related fatalities there to 3,957, while 1,462 new infections and 1,489 recoveries saw the number of active cases ease to 37,339.

The Philippines yesterday recorded 17 new deaths and 1,841 new cases to see total deaths climb to 1,660, while the active caseload jumped to 39,593, of which 647 are regarded as serious or critical. Following treatment 311 people were declared as recovered.

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

The active caseload in Singapore yesterday edged up to 3,849** on the back of 327 new infections and 321** discharges, while 18 new cases and three recoveries in Malaysia saw the active caseload there climb to 92, three of who are said to be serious or critical.

Three new cases in Thailand among returnees, including one EU diplomat, reportedly from Estonia, and one recovery, yesterday saw the number of active infections there edge up to 85, one of which is reportedly serious or critical.

Five cases in Cambodia, announced early yesterday, July 17, for July 16 tests pushed the active caseload to 38, one of which is listed as serious or critical, while one new case in Vietnam saw the caseload there edge up to 26. One recovery in Myanmar saw the active caseload there ease to 62.

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 206,630 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 119,713 people, or about 57.93 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 1.81 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.76 per cent.

There has been 5,833 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 18, some 39.24 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to July 18
Asean COVID-19 update to July 18 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 18

In the 24-hours to 00:38 GMT July 18 the number of new COVID-19 cases globally reportedly increased by 1.70 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 14,176,343*, an increase of 236,995* people.

Amended figures for July 16 show the number of new infections detected on that day to have been 249,233, the most to date in a 24-hour period.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 0.92 per cent DoD to 598,450*, an increase of 5,468*.

According to the Worldometers tally, China yesterday reported 10 new cases, however, this had been filed after the close-off for July 16 and represent that day’s figures.

In late filings after the close for July 17 China added 22 new case to see 252 active infections, with 78,758 reported recoveries and 4,634 deaths. There has been 83,644 COVID-19 cases recorded in China.

Brazil remained the global centre of COVID-19 deaths yesterday reporting 1,110 fatalities to take total deaths to 77,932, while 33,959 new infections saw the active caseload rise to 603,990.

There has been 2,048,697 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 859 to push the total to 141,977, while 71,580 new infections, a new high for a 24-hour period, saw active cases rise to 1,890,781. There has been 3,766,605 COVID-19 cases in the USA.

The Worldometers tally attributes India with the third most number of COVID-19 deaths for July 17 with 676. However in late filings after the close for July 17 Mexico added 736 new deaths and 7,257 new cases to push total deaths to 38,310 and active cases to 84,552. There has been 331,298 COVID-19 cases in Mexico with some 208,436 people reported as recovering.

India therefore recorded the third most number of deaths for July 17 to push total COVID-19 fatalities there to 26,285, while 34,820 new infections, the second most globally during the period, saw active cases swell to 360,094. There has been 1,040,457 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India with 654,078 reported recoveries.

The next most number of infections recorded in the previous 24-hours were in South Africa, Colombia, Russia, Argentina, Peru, and Bangladesh, who reported between 3,034 and 13,373 new cases each.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally yesterday rose by 174,815*, or 2.11 per cent, over the day prior to 8,441,193.

At the current rate there will be/ have been some 17.9 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by July 31, with some 680,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 35,414 people.

COVID-19 global tally to July 18
COVID-19 global tally to July 18 John Le Fevre


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

COVID-19 global deaths to July 18
COVID-19 global deaths to July 18 Webmaster 2


Global COVID-19 overview up to July 18

As of 00:38 GMT July 18 there was 5,136,700 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 63,192 or 1.25 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.17 per cent, or 59,953 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 6.62 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 4.22 per cent.

As of July 18, some 35.79 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 59.54 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to July 18
COVID-19 global snapshot to July 18 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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