COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 21 — USA nudges 4 mln cases, 2 mln active

• Asean cases top 215,000 | • Brazil tops 80,000 dead | • Global infections to breach 15 mln today

COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 21 — USA nudges 4 mln cases, 2 mln active
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As of 00:46 GMT July 21 there was 84,960 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 785, or 0.93 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 357, or 0.43 per cent, are serious or critical. A total 2,475** people were discharged or marked as recovered.

Indonesia yesterday recorded its second-highest daily increase in coronavirus-related deaths with 96 to take total fatalities there to 4,239, while 1,693 new cases and 1,576 recoveries saw the caseload nudge up to 36,998.

The Philippines yesterday reported four deaths to see total fatalities there edge up to 1,835, while 1,521 new cases saw active infections jump to 43,991, of which 357 are regarded as serious or critical. Following treatment 607 people were declared as recovered.

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

Malaysia yesterday recorded 21 new cases and two recoveries to see the caseload there jump to 122, three of which are rated as serious or critical.

Meanwhile, active cases in Singapore eased yesterday to 3,637** on the back of 123 new infections and 285** discharges, while one new case in Thailand yesterday saw the number of active infections there edge up to 96, one of which is reportedly serious or critical.

One new infection and three recoveries in Vietnam saw the caseload there ease to 24, while two recoveries in Myanmar saw the caseload there ease to 57.

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

Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 218,253 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 127,002 people, or about 58.19 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 1.99 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.62 per cent.

There has been 6,291 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 4.72 per cent. Based on the total number of Asean infections the regional CMR is 2.88 per cent.

As of today, July 21, some 39.93 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to July 21
Asean COVID-19 update to July 21 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 21

In the 24-hours to 00:46 GMT July 21 the number of new COVID-19 cases globally reportedly increased by 1.40 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 14,845,017*, an increase of 204,681* people.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 0.66 per cent DoD to 612,829*, an increase of 4,033*.

According to the Worldometers tally, China yesterday reported 22 new cases, however, these had been filed after the close-off for July 19 and represent that day’s figures.

In late filings after the close for July 20 China added 11 new case to see 242 active infections, with 78,799 reported recoveries and 4,634 deaths. There has been 83,682 COVID-19 cases recorded in China.

Brazil remained at the top of the global COVID-19 table yesterday with 718 deaths pushing total fatalities there to 80,251, while 21,749 new infections, the third most globally during the period, saw the caseload sit at some 632,192.

There has been 2,121,645 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil, with 1,409,202 people having reportedly recovered.

The second most number of deaths globally yesterday was recorded in India where 596 fatalities saw total COVID-19 deaths jump to 28,099, while 36,810 new cases, the second most globally, saw the caseload rise to 402,116. There has been 1,154,917 confirmed COVID-19 cases in India with 724,702 reported recoveries.

The USA yesterday recorded the third most number of COVID-19 deaths globally with 537, pushing total fatalities there to 143,826, while 62,655 new cases, the most globally during the period, saw the caseload sit at some 1,967,900. There has been 3,961,205 COVID-19 cases in America with some 1,849,479 reported recoveries.

The next most number of infections recorded in the previous 24-hours were in South Africa, Colombia, Russia, Mexico, Peru, and Argentina, who reported between 4,019 and 9,300 new cases each.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally yesterday rose by 168,076*, or 1.93 per cent, over the day prior to 8,898,239.

At the current rate there will be/ have been some 17.2 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by July 31, with some 658,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 36,214 people.

COVID-19 global tally to July 21
COVID-19 global tally to July 21 Webmaster 2


Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to July 21

COVID-19 global deaths to July 21
COVID-19 global deaths to July 21 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to July 21

As of 00:46 GMT July 21 there was 5,333,949 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 39,614 or 0.75 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.12 per cent, or 59,807 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 6.44 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 4.13 per cent.

As of July 21, some 35.93 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 21
COVID-19 global snapshot to July 21 Worldometers




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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