COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 5 — new infections racing in Indonesia & Philippines

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COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 5 — new infections racing in Indonesia & Philippines
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As of 00:43 GMT July 5 there was 64,671 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,688, or 2.08 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 173, or 0.27 per cent, are regarded as serious or critical. An additional 1,671** people were discharged.

Indonesia continued to record the most number of COVID-19 deaths in Asean yesterday with 53,  taking COVID-19 related fatalities there to 3,089, while 1,447 new infections pushed the active caseload to 30,834, on the back of 651 people being declared as recovered.

In the Philippines 10 fatalities yesterday saw COVID-19 deaths there rise to 1,290, while 1,494 new cases pushed the active caseload to 29,087, of which 166 are regarded as serious or critical. Following treatment 380 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 185 new infections and 348** discharges to 4,521**, with two patients said to be serious or critical.

Ten new cases and 15 recoveries in Malaysia yesterday saw the COVID-19 caseload there ease to 76, with two people said to be in a serious or critical condition, while seven new infections and three recoveries in Myanmar yesterday saw the number of active cases there swell to 67.

In Thailand yesterday five new case amongst returnees in quarantine saw the active number of cases swell to 61, with one person said to be serious or critical.

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

Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 161,448 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 92,184 people, or about 57.10 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 1.54 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.39 per cent.

There has been 4,593 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 4.75 per cent. Based on the total number of Asean infections the regional CMR is 2.85 per cent.

As of today, July 5 some 40.06 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to July 5
Asean COVID-19 update to July 5 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 5

In the 24-hours to 00:43 GMT July 5 the number of new COVID-19 cases globally reportedly increased by 1.69 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 11,371,989*, an increase of 189,413* people.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 0.85 per cent DoD to 532,861*, an increase of 4,489*.

China reported reported no new cases yesterday, the three attributed to it in the tally table having been filed after the close-of filing on July 3. However, in filings after the close for July 4 it reported eight new cases. There are currently 403 active cases in China at the time of writing with 78,516 people having recovered. Officially there has been 83,553 cases of COVID-19 recorded in China and 4,634 deaths.

The most number of COVID-19 related deaths in the world was again reported in Brazil where 1,111 fatalities saw total deaths increase to 64,365, while 35,035 new infections saw the active caseload jump to 535,396. There has been 1,578,376 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil with 978,615 people having reportedly recovered.

Mexico was attributed with the second most number of deaths globally for July 4 with 654, but these had been filed ahead of the international dateline for July 4, and are in fact July 3 figures.

In filings made after the close off for July 4 Mexico reported 523 deaths and 6,914 new infections to see total deaths at the time of writing at 30,366, while there are 69,490 active cases. There has been 252,165 COVID-19 cases recorded in Mexico with 152,309 people reportedly having recovered.

India therefore recorded the second most number of deaths in the reporting period with 610, driving total deaths there to 19,279. India also continued to record the third most number of new infections globally yesterday with 24,015. There are currently some 245,563 active cases in India with some 409,062 reported recoveries.

The most number of new COVID-19 infections globally yesterday was again recorded in the USA where 45,182 new cases saw the active caseload swell to 1,543,047, with 254 deaths during the period pushing total COVID-19 fatalities to 132,318. There has been 2,935,770 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the USA, with some 1,260,405 people having reportedly recovered.

The next most number of infections recorded in the previous 24-hours were in South Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, who reported between 3,288 and 10,853 new cases each.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally yesterday rose by 141,908*, or 2.26 per cent, over the day prior to 6,433,931.

At the current rate there will be/ have been some 15 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by July 21, with some 615,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 31,574 people.

COVID-19 global tally to July 5
COVID-19 global tally to July 5 John Le Fevre


Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to July 5

COVID-19 global deaths to July 5
COVID-19 global deaths to July 5 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to July 5

As of 00:43 GMT July 5 there was 4,405,197 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 43,780, or one per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.33 per cent, or 58,530 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 7.65 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 4.69 per cent.

As of July 5, some 38.74 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 56.58 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to July 5
COVID-19 global snapshot to July 5 Worldometers



Feature image VnExpress/ Quynh Tran



*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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