COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 4 — 120,000 new global infections as rate quickens

COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 4 — 120,000 new global infections as rate quickens
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As of 00:31 GMT June 4 there was 47,043 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,017, or 2.21  per cent, on the day prior. Of this 93, or 0.20 per cent, are regarded as serious or critical. An additional 1,039** people were discharged.

Indonesia yesterday continued to record the most number of deaths throughout the region with 35 fatalities taking the number of deaths there to 1,698, while 684 new infections pushed the active caseload to 18,129. Following treatment 471 people were declared as recovered.

In the Philippines eight fatalities yesterday pushed COVID-19 deaths there to 974, while 751 fresh infections saw the active caseload jump to 14,621, of which 78 are regarded as serious or critical. Following treatment 90 people were declared as recovered.

There were no other COVID-19 deaths recorded throughout Asean yesterday.

In Singapore yesterday the combination of 569 new infections and 497 discharges saw the number of active cases** rise, for the first time in 20 days, to 12,799, of which five are regarded as serious or critical.

Meanwhile Malaysia yesterday reported 93 fresh cases and 61 discharges, bumping the active caseload there to 1,324, of which six are said to be serious or critical.

In Thailand one new case in a returnee and two recoveries saw active infections there drop to 58, one of whom is said to be in a serious or critical condition, while one new case in Myanmar and two discharges saw the active caseload drop to 82.

In Vietnam four people were discharged after completing treatment to see the active caseload there drop to 26, with one case, a British pilot employed by Vietnam Airlines, said to remain in a critical condition, but finally showing signs of improvement.

In Lao PDR two recoveries saw the number of active COVID-19 cases there drop to one, while no changes were reported in Brunei or Cambodia.

Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 96,286 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 46,366 people, or about 48.14 per cent, of all infections having been treated and discharged.

In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 2.29 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.52 per cent.

There has been 2,877 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 5.84 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 2.99 per cent.

As of today, June 4, some 48.86 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to June 4
Asean COVID-19 update to June 4 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 4

In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT June 4, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally reportedly increased by 1.88 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 6,562,562*, an increase of 121,280*, the most number of new infections in a 24-hour period since the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak began.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 1.29 per cent DoD to 386,786*, an increase of 4,927*, the majority again in Brazil.

China yesterday reported no new infections while one previously noted recovery returned to the active case list, bumping active infections to 73, while the total number of infections was reduced by one to 83,021, with 78,314 recoveries and 4,634 official deaths.

Brazil records most deaths, new cases again

Maintaining its position at the top of the tally-board for new infections and deaths, Brazil yesterday recorded 27,312* new infections and 1,269* deaths to take the active caseload there to 285,301, of which more than 8,300 people are classified as being in a serious or critical condition.

There has been 583,980 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Brazil and 32,547 deaths, ranking it number two globally for total cases and number four for deaths, marginally behind Italy.

The USA yesterday reported 20,578* new infections, 43,022 recoveries, and 1,083* deaths to push total fatalities to 109,142, while the number of active cases eased to 1,103,971. Almost 17,000 people in the US are rated as serious or critical.

There has been 1,901,783 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections recorded in the USA, with only 36.21 per cent of all diagnosed US cases being discharged.

Mexico sees rapid growth in cases/ deaths

Rapidly climbing the global COVID-19 tally-board is Mexico, whose daily reports are historically filed past the previous day’s closing time. As such activity on June 3 doesn’t appear until the update for June 4 is published on  June 5, activity on June 3 appearing as activity for June 4.

For June 3 Mexico reported 3,891 new infections and 470 deaths, however, by 00:31 GMT June 4 it had recorded 3,912 fresh infections and 1,091 deaths.

Its tally for June 4, even though June 4 hasn’t commenced in Mexico at the time of writing, is 101,238 COVID-19 infections, 11,728 deaths and 16,239 active cases.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally yesterday rose by 157,851*, or 5.25 per cent, over the day prior to 3,164,253*.

At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 8.2 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by the middle of June, with some 450,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 29,849 people.

COVID-19 global tally to June 4
COVID-19 global tally to June 4 John Le Fevre


Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to June 4

COVID-19 global deaths to June 4
COVID-19 global deaths to June 4 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to June 4

As of 00:31 GMT June 4 there was 3,014,492 active cases of COVID-19 globally, a decrease of 2.30 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.80 per cent, or 54,202 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 10.93  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 5.90 per cent.

As of June 4, some 45.91 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 48.19 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to June 4
COVID-19 global snapshot to June 4 Worldometers


Feature image Myanmar Ministry of Information


*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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