COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 20 — Indonesia caseload eases on back of record deaths

• Asean cases nudge 215,000 | • Brazil tops 2 mln cases - nears 80,000 dead | • USA nudges 2 mln active cases | • India new cases top 40,000 in 24hrs

COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 20 — Indonesia caseload eases on back of record deaths
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As of 00:32 GMT July 20 there was 84,175 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,084, or 1.29 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 356, or 0.43 per cent, are serious or critical. A total 2,798** people were discharged or marked as recovered.

Indonesia yesterday recorded its highest number of COVID-19 fatalities since March with 127 deaths taking total fatalities there to 4,143, while 1,639 new cases and 2,133 recoveries saw the caseload ease to 36,977.

The Philippines yesterday reported 58 deaths to see total fatalities there leap to 1,831, while 2,162 new cases saw active infections jump to 43,081, of which 351 are regarded as serious or critical. Following treatment 398 people were declared as recovered.

Malaysia recorded its 123 COVID-19 death yesterday with one person succumbing to the disease while 15 new cases and seven recoveries in Malaysia saw the caseload there edge up to 103, two of which are rated as serious or critical.

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

Active cases in Singapore edged up yesterday to 3,799** on the back of 257 new infections and 253** discharges, while three new cases in Thailand among returnees yesterday saw the number of active infections there edge up to 95, one of which is reportedly serious or critical.

One new infection and three recoveries in Myanmar saw the caseload ease to 59. One new case in Vietnam and one recovery saw the caseload static at 26, while three recoveries in Cambodia saw active infections there ease to 35, one of which is regarded as 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 214,893 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 124,527 people, or about 57.92 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 2.30 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 3.19 per cent.

There has been 6,191 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 4.74 per cent. Based on the total number of Asean infections the regional CMR is 2.88 per cent.

As of today, July 20, some 39.20 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to July 20
Asean COVID-19 update to July 20 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 20

In the 24-hours to 00:31 GMT July 20 the number of new COVID-19 cases globally reportedly increased by 1.51 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 14,633,037*, an increase of 218,378* people.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 0.71 per cent DoD to 608,539*, an increase of 4,296*.

According to the Worldometers tally, China yesterday reported 16 new cases, however, these had been filed after the close-off for July 18 and represent that day’s figures.

In late filings after the close for July 19 China added 22 new case to see 249 active infections, with 78,799 reported recoveries and 4,634 deaths. There has been 83,682 COVID-19 cases recorded in China.

Brazil returned to the top of the global COVID-19 table yesterday with 716 deaths pushing total fatalities there to 79,533, while 24,650 new infections saw the caseload jump to 649,134.

There has been 2,099,896 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil, with 1,371,229 people having reportedly recovered.

The second most number of deaths globally yesterday was recorded in India where 675 fatalities saw total COVID-19 deaths jump to 27,503, while 40,243 new cases saw the caseload rise to 390,205. There has been 1,118,107 confirmed COVID-19 cases in India with 700,399 reported recoveries.

The Worldometers tally attributes Mexico with the third most number of COVID-19 deaths globally yesterday, however the 578 deaths and 7,615 new cases noted were filed after the close-off for July 18 and represent that day’s figures.

In late filings after the close for July 19 Mexico added 296 deaths and 5,311 new infections to push the caseload to 87,617 and deaths to 39,184. There has been 344,224 COVID-19 cases recorded in Mexico with 217,423 reported recoveries.

The third most number of infections globally during the period was therefore recorded by the USA with 392, taking total deaths there to 143,269, while 63,584 new infections pushed the caseload to 1,951,248. There has been 3,896,855 COVID-19 infections in the USA with 1,802,338 reported recoveries.

The next most number of infections recorded in the previous 24-hours were in South Africa, Colombia, Russia, Argentina, and Peru, who reported between 4,090 and 13,449 new cases each.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally yesterday rose by 123,618*, or 1.44 per cent, over the day prior to 8,730,163.

At the current rate there will be/ have been some 17.5 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by July 31, with some 662,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 35,759 people.

COVID-19 global tally to July 20
COVID-19 global tally to July 20 John Le Fevre


Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to July 20

COVID-19 global deaths to July 20
COVID-19 global deaths to July 20 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to July 20

As of 00:32 GMT July 20 there was 5,294,335 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 90,975 or 1.75 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.13 per cent, or 59,878 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 6.52 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 4.16 per cent.

As of July 20, some 36.18 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 59.66 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to July 20
COVID-19 global snapshot to July 20 Worldometers




Originally published as COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 20 — Indonesia caseload eases despite record deaths



Feature image Malaysia MFA



*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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