COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 26 — 16 mln case barrier breached, Vietnam records community transmission

• USA nudges 150,000 dead | • India tops 32,000 deaths | • Singapore nudges 50,000 cases

COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 26 — 16 mln case barrier breached, Vietnam records community transmission
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As of 00:38 GMT July 26 there was 92,961 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,476 , or 1.61 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 358, or 0.39 per cent, are serious or critical. A total 2,861** people were discharged or marked as recovered.

Indonesia yesterday recorded the most number of coronavirus-related deaths in the region with 49 to take total fatalities there to 4,714, while 1,868 new cases and 1,409 recoveries saw the caseload edge up to 37,218.

The Philippines yesterday reported 18 deaths to see total fatalities there edge up to 1,897, while 1,968 new cases saw active infections jump to 50,763, of which 351 are regarded as serious or critical. Following treatment 1,250 people were declared as recovered.

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

Active cases in Singapore jumped to 4,509** yesterday on the back of 513 new infections and 180** discharges, while 23 new cases detected in Malaysia and 17 recoveries saw the caseload there jump to 167, five of who remain in a serious or critical condition.

In Cambodia 23 new cases and one recovery took the caseload there to 82, one of which is classified as serious or critical.

Vietnam first community transmission in 99 days

Four new cases in Vietnam, including its first community transmission in almost 100 days, a 57-year-old retired Vietnamese man in the southern city of Da Nang, saw active infections there creep up to 52.

Three fresh cases in Thailand and two recoveries saw the caseload edge up to 115, one of which is regarded as serious or critical, while two new cases in Myanmar and two recoveries saw the caseload there static at 54.

There were no reports of changes in Brunei or Lao PDR during the period, the former being the only Asean member nation to remain COVID-19 free.

Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 238,903 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 139,114 people, or about 58.23 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 2.09 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 0.99 per cent.

There has been 6,828 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 4.68 per cent. Based on the total number of Asean infections the regional CMR is 2.86 per cent.

As of today, July 26, some 38.91 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to July 26
Asean COVID-19 update to July 26 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 26

In the 24-hours to 00:38 GMT July 26 the number of new COVID-19 cases globally reportedly increased by 1.62 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 16,189,576*, an increase of 258,162* people. It has been 184 days since the Chinese city of Wuhan was placed in lockdown with 844 reported cases.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 0.89 per cent DoD to 647,594*, an increase of 5,709*.

According to the Worldometers tally, China yesterday reported 34 new cases, however, these had been filed after the close-off for July 24 and represent that day’s figures.

In late filings after the close for July 25 China added 46 new case to see 288 active infections, with 78,908 reported recoveries and 4,634 deaths. There has been 83,830 COVID-19 cases recorded in China.

Brazil again remained at the top of the global COVID-19 table yesterday with 1,111 deaths pushing total fatalities there to 86,496, while 48,234 new infections, the third most globally during the period, saw the caseload jump to 692,458.

There has been 2,396,434 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil, with 1,617,480 people having reportedly recovered.

The USA yesterday recorded the second most number of COVID-19 deaths globally with 904, pushing total fatalities there to 149,394, while 67,363 new cases, the most globally during the period, saw the caseload jump to 2,107,562.

There has been 4,315,659 COVID-19 cases in America with some 2,058,703 reported recoveries.

Mexico yesterday recorded the third most number of deaths globally with 729, filed after the close for July 25 and ahead of the international dateline for July 26, to take total deaths there to 43,374, while 6,751 new infections took the caseload to 94,484. There has been 385,036 cases of COVID-19 in Mexico with some 247,178 reported recoveries.

India reported the second most number of new infections during the period with 48,472 new cases taking active infections there to 467,163, while 690 deaths, the fourth most globally during the period, took total fatalities to 32,096.

There has been 1,385,494 confirmed COVID-19 cases in India with 886,235 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 3,923 and 12,204 new cases each.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally yesterday rose by 188,281*, or 1.94 per cent, over the day prior to 9,904,264.

At the current rate there will be/ have been some 17.8 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by July 31, with some 682,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 39,606 people.

COVID-19 global tally to July 26
COVID-19 global tally to July 26 John Le Fevre


Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to July 26

COVID-19 global deaths to July 26
COVID-19 global deaths to July 26 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to July 26

As of 00:38 GMT July 26 there was 5,637,718 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 64,898 or 1.16 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.17 per cent, or 66,223 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 6.14 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 4.00 per cent.

As of July 26, some 34.82 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 61.18 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to July 26
COVID-19 global snapshot to July 26 Worldometers



Feature image Adrien Pellequer



*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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