COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 18 — Indonesia tops all COVID-19 indices except recoveries

• Global deaths top 450,000• Thailand records 23rd day without local transmission

COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 18 — Indonesia tops all COVID-19 indices except recoveries
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As of 00:42 GMT June 18 there was 52,159 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, a decrease of 37, or -0.07 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 426, or 0.82 per cent, are regarded as serious or critical. An additional 1,733** people were discharged.

Indonesia continued to lead the field in Asean with the most number of deaths and new infections in a 24-hour period with 45 fatalities taking the number of deaths there to 2,276, while 1,031 new infections pushed the active caseload to 22,912. Following treatment 540 people were declared as recovered.

Indonesia has now snatched the unwanted title for having the most number of COVID-19 cases throughout the 10 member countries from Singapore, adding to the most number of deaths and the most number of current active cases. Despite more than 2,200 deaths, Indonesia has not rated a single patient to date as being in a serious or critical condition.

In the Philippines five fatalities yesterday saw COVID-19 deaths there rise to 1,108, while 457 fresh infections saw the active caseload jump to 19,310, of which 417 are regarded as serious or critical. Following treatment 268 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 247 new infections and 775** discharges to 9,252**, with two patients said to be serious or critical, while Malaysia yesterday saw its COVID-19 active caseload ease to 521 on the back of 10 new cases and 140 discharges.

Clocking up its 23rd day without a locally transmitted case of COVID-19, Thailand yesterday discharged three people following treatment to see the active number of cases there ease to 81, while six people were discharged in Myanmar to see active cases there dip to 71. One person in Thailand remains in a serious or critical condition.

Meanwhile, Cambodia finalised the treatment for its 126th patient seeing active cases there ease to two, one of who is said to be in a serious or critical condition, while there was no changes reported in Brunei, Lao PDR, or Vietnam.

Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 122,420 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 66,663 people, or about 54.45 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 2.67 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.41 per cent.

There has been 3,598 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 5.12 per cent. Based on the total number of Asean infections the regional CMR is 2.94 per cent.

As of today, June 18, some 42.61 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to June 18
Asean COVID-19 update to June 18 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 18

In the 24-hours to 00:42 GMT June 18, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally reportedly increased by 1.72 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 8,393,040*, an increase of 141,816* people.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 1.18 per cent DoD to 450,452*, an increase of 5,264*.

China yesterday reported 44 new infections and two recoveries to see the active caseload there jump to 252, while the total number of infections edged up to 83,265, with 78,379 recoveries and 4,634 official deaths.

However, in filings made after the June 17 cut-off China reported and additional 28 new infections driving the active caseload at the time of writing to 265, after 15 discharges.

Brazil back to top of daily death table

Brazil was back to the top of the international tally board for total deaths in the previous 24 hours recording 1,209 fatalities to push the total number of COVID-19-blamed deaths there to 46,665, while 31,475 new infections, the most globally, and 38,733 discharges saw the active caseload ease to 410,137.

There has now been 960,309 COVID-19 cases reported in Brazil, the second most in the world, with 503,507 people having recovered.

The USA yesterday reported the second most number of new infections and deaths globally with 809 fatalities driving the total number of COVID-19-blamed deaths to 119,941, while 26,015 new infections and 13,325 recoveries saw the active caseload nudge up to 1,198,108.

Mexico reported the third most number of deaths for the period at 730, however in filings ahead of the June 19 international date line it reported an additional 770 deaths for June 19.

At the time of writing the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Mexico stands at 19,080, while an additional 4,930 new infections contained in the late filing saw the active caseload edge up to 21,358. There has been 159,793 COVID-19 cases recorded in Mexico, the 13th most globally.

Meanwhile India reported the third most number of new infections globally with 13,103, driving active cases up to 160,564, while 341 deaths during the period pushed the number of fatalities up to 12,262, the eighth highest globally.

The next most number of infections recorded in the previous 24-hours were in Russia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Bangladesh, and Peru who reported between 3,752 and 7,843 new cases each.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally yesterday rose by 108,483*, or 2.52 per cent, over the day prior to 4,408,937.

At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 10.2 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by June 30, with some 520,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 32,317 people.

COVID-19 global tally to June 18
COVID-19 global tally to June 18 John Le Fevre


Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to June 18

COVID-19 global deaths to June 18
COVID-19 global deaths to June 18 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to June 18

As of 00:42 GMT June 18 there was 3,533,651 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 0.84 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.54 per cent, or 54,451 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 9.27 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 5.37 per cent.

As of June 18, some 42.10 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 52.53 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to June 18
COVID-19 global snapshot to June 18 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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