COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 20 — new records in Indonesia and Brazil; new infections break into a gallop

• Global infections grow at 180,000 in 24 hours• 1 mln new cases every four days by months end

COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 20 — new records in Indonesia and Brazil; new infections break into a gallop
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As of 00:41 GMT June 20 there was 52,700 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 163, or 0.31 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 425, or 0.81 per cent, are regarded as serious or critical. An additional 1,673** 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 34 fatalities taking the number of deaths there to 2,373, while 1,041 new infections pushed the active caseload to 24,081. Following treatment 551 people were declared as recovered.

This was the fifth consecutive day that new infections in Indonesia have topped 1,000. In an ominous sign that the peak of infections has not yet been reached there, the total number of cases up to June 19 has already passed the total for May.

In the Philippines 14 fatalities yesterday saw COVID-19 deaths there rise to 1,130, while 660 fresh infections saw the active caseload jump to 19,951, of which 417 are regarded as serious or critical. Following treatment 288 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 142 new infections and 747** discharges to 8,130**, with two patients said to be serious or critical. Meanwhile, Malaysia yesterday saw its COVID-19 active caseload ease to 344 on the back of six new cases and 70 discharges, with three people said to be in a serious or critical state.

Thailand yesterday discharged 11 people following treatment and recorded five new cases among returnees in quarantine to see the active number of cases there ease to 80, of which one is said to be serious or critical.

Myanmar yesterday recorded 23 new infections and five discharges to see the active caseload there jump to 88 while seven fresh infections and one discharge in Vietnam saw active COVID-19 infections there rise to 23, of which one person is said to be serious or critical.

There was no changes reported in Cambodia, Brunei, or Lao PDR during the period, the latter two being the only Asean member countries that are currently COVID-19 free.

Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 126,482 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 70,065 people, or about 55.39 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 2.45 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.31 per cent.

There has been 3,717 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 5.04 per cent. Based on the total number of Asean infections the regional CMR is 2.94 per cent.

As of today, June 20, some 41.66 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to June 20
Asean COVID-19 update to June 20 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 20

In the 24-hours to 00:41 GMT June 20 the number of new COVID-19 cases globally reportedly increased by 2.11 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 8,750,501*, an increase of 180,516* people, a new record for infections in a 24 hour period.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 1.11 per cent DoD to 461,813*, an increase of 5,069*.

China yesterday reported 32 new infections and four recoveries to see the active caseload there jump to 293, while the total number of infections edged up to 83,325, with 78,398 recoveries and 4,634 official deaths.

However, in filings made after the June 19 cut-off China reported an additional 27 new infections driving the active caseload at the time of writing to 308, after 12 additional discharges.

Brazil sets new record for daily deaths

Highlighting the widespread community transmission occurring as a result of incompetent leadership, 1,221 people died in Brazil yesterday from COVID-19 related illnesses, driving the total number of deaths there to 49,090.

Meanwhile, a new daily world record of 55,209 new cases saw the active caseload leap to 469,118.

There has now been 1,038,568 COVID-19 cases reported in Brazil, the second most in the world, with 520,360 people having recovered.

The USA yesterday reported the second most number of new infections and the second most number of deaths globally at 33,158 and 714 respectively. There has now been 121,402  COVID-19-attributed deaths in the USA, with 1,219,369 cases currently active. Some 2,296,809 people have been infected.

Mexico yesterday reported the third most number of deaths globally with 667 fatalities driving the total number of COVID-19-blamed deaths to 19,747, while 5,662 new infections saw the active caseload swell to 22,613.

However, in late filing after the close-off for June 19, Mexico reported 647 deaths for June 20 (although the date remained June 19 in Mexico) and 5,030 new infections, to put total deaths at 20,394 and active cases at 22,759, at the time of writing.

India finished the week recording the third highest number of daily infections for the fifth consecutive day with 14,721 new cases seeing active infections rise to 168,636, while 366 deaths saw COVID-19 fatalities rise to 12,970.

The next most number of infections recorded in the previous 24-hours were in Russia, Chile, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Peru, Bangladesh, and Colombia, who reported between 3,059 and 7,972 new cases each.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally yesterday rose by 111,098*, or 2.46 per cent, over the day prior to 4,620,355.

At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 11 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 32,985 people.

COVID-19 global tally to June 20
COVID-19 global tally to June 20 John Le Fevre


Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to June 20

COVID-19 global deaths to June 20
COVID-19 global deaths to June 20 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to June 20

As of 00:41 GMT June 20 there was 3,668,333 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 1.74 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.49 per cent, or 54,791 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 9.08 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 5.28 per cent.

As of June 20, some 41.92 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 52.80 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to June 20
COVID-19 global snapshot to June 20 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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