COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 8 — Philippines tops Singapore for total cases and Indonesia for active cases

• USA tops 55,000 new cases in 1 day | • Active Asean cases break through 70,000

COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 8 — Philippines tops Singapore for total cases and Indonesia for active cases
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As of 00:38 GMT July 8 there was 70,661 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,539, or 2.23 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 172, or 0.24 per cent, are regarded as serious or critical. An additional 1,358** people were discharged/ marked as recovered.

Indonesia continued to record the most number of COVID-19 deaths in Asean yesterday with 68, taking COVID-19 related fatalities there to 3,309, while 1,268 new infections pushed the active caseload to 32,132, on the back of 866 people being declared as recovered.

In the Philippines six fatalities yesterday saw COVID-19 deaths there rise to 1,309, while 1,540 new cases  pushed the active caseload to 34,178, of which 166 are regarded as serious or critical. Following treatment 201 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 157 new cases and 285** discharges to 4,112**, with one patient said to be serious or critical.

Six new cases and five recoveries in Malaysia yesterday saw the COVID-19 caseload there nudge up to 72, with two people said to be in a serious or critical condition, while one recovery in Vietnam saw the active caseload there ease to 27, with one person said to be serious or critical.

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

Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 172,094 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 96,601 people, or about 56.13 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 1.43 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.55 per cent.

There has been 4,832 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 4.76 per cent. Based on the total number of Asean infections the regional CMR is 2.81 per cent.

As of today, July 8 some 41.06 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to July 8
Asean COVID-19 update to July 8 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 8

In the 24-hours to 00:38 GMT July 8 the number of new COVID-19 cases globally reportedly increased by 1.77 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 11,941,596*, an increase of 207,565* people.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 1.02 per cent DoD to 545,651*, an increase of 5,511*.

According to the Worldometers tally, China yesterday reported eight new cases, however, these had been filed after the close-off for July 6 and represent July 6 figures.

In late filings after the close for July 7 China added seven new cases to see the active caseload dip to 390, with 78,548 reported recoveries and 4,634 deaths. There has been 83,572 COVID-19 cases recorded in China.

The most number of COVID-19 related deaths in the world was again reported in Brazil where 1,312 fatalities saw total deaths increase to 66,868, while 48,584 new infections saw the active caseload stand at 535,558. There has been 1,674,655 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil with 1,072,229 people having reportedly recovered.

The USA yesterday reported the second most number of COVID-19 deaths globally with 992, taking total deaths there to 133,971, while 55,255 new cases saw active infections swell to 1,608,063

There has been 3,096,897 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the USA, with some 1,354,863 people having reportedly recovered.

According to the Worldometers tally Mexico yesterday recorded the third most number of deaths globally, with 480. However, these were filed after the close for July 6.

In late filings after the close for July 7 and ahead of the international dateline, Mexico reported 895 deaths and 6,258 new cases for July 8.

At the time of writing Mexico has recorded 32,014 COVID-19 deaths, the fifth most globally, and has an active caseload of 72,348, with 163,646 recoveries. There has been 268,008 cases of COVID-19 recorded in Mexico, the ninth most in the world.

India continued to record the third most number of deaths globally for July 7 with 479, pushing total deaths to 20,653, while 23,135 new cases pushing the active caseload to 265,770, the third most globally. There has been 743,481 cases of COVID-19 in India with 457,058 reported recoveries.

The next most number of infections recorded in the previous 24-hours were in South Africa, Russia, Colombia, Peru, Saudi Arabia, and Bangladesh, who reported between 3,027 and 10,134 new cases each.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally yesterday rose by 96,071*, or 1.47 per cent, over the day prior to 6,844,973.

At the current rate there will be/ have been some 15.2 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by July 21, with some 628,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 32,249 people.

COVID-19 global tally to July 8
COVID-19 global tally to July 8 John Le Fevre


Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to July 8

COVID-19 global deaths to July 8
COVID-19 global deaths to July 8 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to July 8

As of 00:38 GMT July 8 there was 4,550,972 active cases of COVID-19 globally, a decrease of 17,637, or -0.36 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.28 per cent, or 58,196 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 7.38 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 4.57 per cent.

As of July 8, some 38.11 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 57.32 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to July 8
COVID-19 global snapshot to July 8 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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