COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 16 — massive spike in Philippines critical cases

• Indonesia reports record number of deaths   • Quickening infection rate sees 1mln new cases in less than 8 days

COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 16 — massive spike in Philippines critical cases
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As of 00:42 GMT June 16 there was 52,628 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, a decrease of 40, or -0.08  per cent, on the day prior. Of this 427, or 0.81 per cent, are regarded as serious or critical. An additional 1,729** people were discharged.

Indonesia yesterday set a new country and regional record for the most number of deaths in a 24-hour period with 64 fatalities taking the number of deaths there to 2,198, while 1,017 new infections pushed the active caseload to 21,973. Following treatment 592 people were declared as recovered.

Massive spike in Philippines critical cases

In the Philippines 10 fatalities yesterday saw COVID-19 deaths there rise to 1,098, while 490 fresh infections saw the active caseload jump to 19,070, of which 417 are regarded as serious or critical. This is the highest number of concurrent serious or critical cases reported by any Asean member country since the outbreak began. Following treatment 298 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 eased to 10,426** on the back of 214 new infections and 777** discharges, with two patients said to be serious or critical.

Malaysia yesterday recorded 41 new cases and 54 discharges to see the active caseload there ease to 973, while one new case in Myanmar and eight discharges saw the active caseload there ease to 81.

There were no changes recorded in Brunei, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, or Lao PDR, the latter remaining the only Asean member state with no active COVID-19 cases.

Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 119,045 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 62,908 people, or about 52.84 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 2.83 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 2.15 per cent.

There has been 3,509 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 5.28 per cent. Based on the total number of Asean infections the regional CMR is 2.95 per cent.

As of today, June 16, some 44.21 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to June 16
Asean COVID-19 update to June 16 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 June 16

In the 24-hours to 00:42 GMT June 16, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally reportedly increased by 1.56 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 8,108,667*, an increase of 124,600* people.

In signs that the spread of SARS-CoV-2 is accelerating the eighth one million infection took less than eight days to tick over following the seventh million, which took nine days to reach after the sixth million case was confirmed, nine days after the fifth million was detected. At the current rate the next million milestone will occur in less than six days.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 0.61 per cent DoD to 438,596*, an increase of 2,678*.

In a worrying sign of a possible second wave emerging, China yesterday reported 49 new infections and one recovery to see the active caseload there jump to 177, while the total number of infections edged up to 83,181, with 78,370 recoveries and 4,634 official deaths.

However, in filings made after the June 15 cut-off China reported and additional 40 new infections driving the active caseload at the time of writing to 210.

Brazil yesterday continued to record most number of COVID-19 deaths in the world with 729 new fatalities for June 15 pushing the total number of deaths there to 44,118, while 23,674 new infections, the most globally in the past 24-hours, saw the active caseload there rise to 393,870.

There has now been 891,556 COVID-19 cases reported in Brazil, the second most in the world, with 453,568 people having recovered.

The USA yesterday reported the second most number of new infections and deaths globally with 425 fatalities driving the total number of COVID-19 blamed deaths to 118,283, while 20,722 new infections and 19,816 recoveries saw the active caseload nudge up to 1,174,801

According to the tally board India yesterday reported the third most number of deaths and new infections in the period with 395 fatalities pushing COVID-19 related deaths to 9,915, while the number of active cases eased to  152,791 on the back of 10,631 recoveries.

However, for the June 16 update Mexico has reported 439 deaths and 3,427 new infections, despite June 16 not having commenced there yet. At the time of writing Mexico has reported 17,580 deaths, 19,678 active cases and 113,006 recoveries.

The next most number of infections recorded in the previous 24-hours were in Russia, Pakistan, Chile, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Peru, and Bangladesh, who reported between 3,099 and 8,246 new cases each.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally yesterday rose by 92,964*, or 2.27 per cent, over the day prior to 4,196,981.

At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 10.2 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by June 30, with some 480,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 30,356 people.

COVID-19 global tally to June 16
COVID-19 global tally to June 16 John Le Fevre


Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to June 16

COVID-19 global deaths to June 16
COVID-19 global deaths to June 16 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to June 16

As of 00:42 GMT June 16 there was 3,473,090 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 0.85 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.57 per cent, or 54,567 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 9.46 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 5.41 per cent.

As of June 16, some 42.83 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 51.76 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to June 16
COVID-19 global snapshot to June 16 Worldometers


Feature image Tribune Newsmaker


*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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