COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 21 — infections galloping in Indonesia; Brazil deaths top 50,000

• Global infections approach 9 mln

COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 21 — infections galloping in Indonesia; Brazil deaths top 50,000
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As of 00:44 GMT June 21 there was 53,370 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 670, or 1.26 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 89, or 0.17 per cent, are regarded as serious or critical. An additional 1,662** 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 56 fatalities taking the number of deaths there to 2,429, while 1,226 new infections pushed the active caseload to 24,717. Following treatment 534 people were declared as recovered. This was the sixth consecutive day that new infections in Indonesia have topped 1,000.

In the Philippines 20 fatalities yesterday saw COVID-19 deaths there rise to 1,150, while 941 fresh infections saw the active caseload jump to 20,600, of which 82 are regarded as serious or critical. Following treatment 272 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 218 new infections and 765** discharges to 7,583**, with one patient said to be serious or critical. Meanwhile, Malaysia yesterday saw its COVID-19 active caseload ease to 289 on the back of 21 new cases and 76 discharges, with three people said to be in a serious or critical state.

Thailand yesterday discharged 10 people following treatment and recorded one new case in a returnee in quarantine to see the active number of cases there ease to 71, of which one is said to be serious or critical.

Myanmar yesterday recorded one new infections and four discharges to see the active caseload there ease to 85, while one discharge in Vietnam saw active COVID-19 infections there ease to 22, of which one person is said to be serious or critical.

There were 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 128,890 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 71,727 people, or about 55.65 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 2.37 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 2.04 per cent.

There has been 3,793 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 5.02 per cent. Based on the total number of Asean infections the regional CMR is 2.94 per cent.

As of today, June 21, some 41.41 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to June 21
Asean COVID-19 update to June 21 John Le Fevre

**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 21

In the 24-hours to 00:44 GMT June 21 the number of new COVID-19 cases globally reportedly increased by 1.85 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 8,913,524*, an increase of 161,891* people.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 1.05 per cent DoD to 466,684*, an increase of 4,846*.

China yesterday reported 27 new infections and 12 recoveries to see the active caseload there jump to 308, while the total number of infections edged up to 83,352, with 78,410 recoveries and 4,634 official deaths.

Brazil continued to lead the global COVID-19 fatality tally board yesterday recording 968 deaths to push total fatalities to 50,058, while 31,571 new cases and 22,826 recoveries saw the active caseload ease to 476,895. There has now been 1,070,139 cases of COVID-19 in Brazil, with 543,186 reported recoveries.

Mexico yesterday reported the second most number of deaths globally with 647 fatalities driving the total number of COVID-19-blamed deaths to 20,394, while 5,030 new infections saw the active caseload swell to 22,759.

However, in late filing after the close-off for June 20, Mexico reported 387 deaths for June 21 (although the date remained June 20 in Mexico) and 4,717 new infections, to put total deaths at 20,781 and active cases at 22,735, at the time of writing.

The USA yesterday reported the most number of new infections and the third most number of deaths globally at 33,388 and 573 respectively. There has now been 121,980 COVID-19-attributed deaths in the USA, with 1,235,657 cases currently active. Some 2,330,578 people have been infected.

India continued its firm grasp on the third highest number of daily infections for the sixth consecutive day with 15,915 new cases seeing active infections rise to 170,269, while 307 deaths saw COVID-19 fatalities rise to 13,277.

The next most number of infections recorded in the previous 24-hours were in Russia, Pakistan, Chile, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Peru, and Bangladesh, who reported between 3,240 and 7,889 new cases each.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally yesterday rose by 117,596*, or 2.55 per cent, over the day prior to 4,737,951.

At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 10.7 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by June 30, with some 518,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 33,618 people.

COVID-19 global tally to June 21
COVID-19 global tally to June 21 John Le Fevre


Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to June 21

COVID-19 global deaths to June 21
COVID-19 global deaths to June 21 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to June 21

As of 00:44 GMT June 21 there was 3,708,889 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 1.11 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.47 per cent, or 54,503 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 8.97 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 5.24 per cent.

As of June 21, some 41.61 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 53.15 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to June 21
COVID-19 global snapshot to June 21 Worldometers



Feature image Cambodia Aviation via Twitter


*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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