COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 2 — new cases increase by almost 200,000 per day

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COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 2 — new cases increase by almost 200,000 per day
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As of 00:43 GMT July 2 there was 61,434 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,012, or 1.67 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 175, or 0.28 per cent, are regarded as serious or critical. An additional 1,530** people were discharged.

Indonesia continued to record the most number of COVID-19 deaths in Asean yesterday with 58,  taking COVID-19 related fatalities there to 2,934, while 1,385 new infections, equal to the record set on June 27, pushed the active caseload to 29,241, on the back of 789 people being declared as recovered.

In the Philippines four fatalities yesterday saw COVID-19 deaths there rise to 1,270, while 997 new cases pushed the active caseload to 26,803, of which 167 are regarded as serious or critical. Following treatment 205 people were declared as recovered.

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

In Singapore the number of active COVID-19 cases continued to ease on the back of 215 new infections and 511** discharges to 5,085**, with one patient said to be serious or critical.

In Thailand yesterday two new cases amongst returnees in quarantine and three recoveries saw the active number of cases ease to 56, while one new case and 21 discharges in Malaysia yesterday saw the COVID-19 caseload there ease to 144. Four people in Malaysia and one person in Thailand are reported to be in a serious or critical condition.

Myanmar yesterday recorded four new cases to see the active caseload rise to 75, while one discharge in Cambodia saw the active caseload there ease to 10, of which one is reportedly in a serious or critical condition.

There were no reports of changes in Brunei, Lao PDR, or Vietnam.

Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 153,175 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 87,323 people, or about 57.00 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 1.78 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.42 per cent.

There has been 4,418 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 4.82 per cent. Based on the total number of Asean infections the regional CMR is 2.88 per cent.

As of today, July 2, some 40.11 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to July 2
Asean COVID-19 update to July 2 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 2

In the 24-hours to 00:43 GMT July 2 the number of new COVID-19 cases globally reportedly increased by 1.85 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 10,793,393*, an increase of 196,197* people, the most in a single day to date.

At the current rate the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections globally is set to break through the 11 million barrier in the 36-hours, about five days after the previous one million.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 0.94 per cent DoD to 518,046*, an increase of 4,835*.

China made no additional updates throughout the day yesterday, its last update being three additional cases filed after the close of reporting for July 1, which took the active caseload to 421. There has been a total 83,534 COVID-19 cases in China with 78,479 recoveries and 4,634 official deaths.

Brazil yesterday maintained its position at the top of the global COVID-19 fatality table recording 1,057 deaths to push the total there to 60,713. Also reporting the second highest number of new infections globally, 44,884, Brazil currently has some 565,790 active COVID-19 cases and has reported 826,866 recoveries.

While the Worldometer’s tally shows the USA as having reported the second most number of deaths globally yesterday, in filings after the close of reporting for July 1 Mexico reported 741 deaths for July 2, despite the dateline remaining July 1 at the time of submission there.

At the time of writing Mexico has reported 28,510 COVID-19-related deaths, while active cases there yesterday swelled to 64,941 on the back of 5,681 fresh cases.

With 667 deaths and 50,634 new infections, the most in a single day to date, America saw its total number of COVID-19 deaths yesterday reach 130,789, while the active caseload jumped to 1,487,860.

There has been 2,778,487 COVID-19 cases in the USA with 1,159,838 people having recovered.

India yesterday again reported the third most number of new infections globally at 19,428, pushing active cases to 227,476, while 438 deaths saw the total number of COVID-19 fatalities there rise to 17,848.

The next most number of infections recorded in the previous 24-hours were in South Africa, Russia, Colombia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, and Peru who reported between 3,264 and 8,124 new cases each.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally yesterday rose by 135,647*, or 2.34 per cent, over the day prior to 5,930,136.

At the current rate there will be/ have been some 13.9 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by July 15, with some 590,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 31,367 people.

COVID-19 global tally to July 2
COVID-19 global tally to July 2 John Le Fevre


Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to July 2

COVID-19 global deaths to July 2
COVID-19 global deaths to July 2 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to July 2

As of 00:43 GMT July 2 there was 4,345,211 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 69,683, or 1.63 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.33 per cent, or 57,968 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 8.03 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 4.80 per cent.

As of July 2, some 39.61 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 54.94 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to July 2
COVID-19 global snapshot to July 2 Worldometers




Feature image Changi General Hospital (CGH)


*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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