COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 12 — Singapore sees first fall in active cases; global rates continues to ease

COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 12 — Singapore sees first fall in active cases; global rates continues to ease
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As of 00:23 GMT May 12 there was 41,150 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 198, or 0.48 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 141, or 0.34 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 862 people were discharged and sent home after treatment.

Indonesia  yesterday recorded the most number of deaths in a 24-hour period in the region with 18 people succumbing to the SARS-CoV-2 virus to bring fatalities there to 991. Active cases rose to 10,393 with the addition of 233 new infections. Following successful treatment and negative tests, 183 people were sent home.

The Philippines yesterday recorded seven deaths to push fatalities there to 726, while 292 new cases and 75 discharges saw active infections rise to 8,361 of which 31 are said to be serious or critical.

In Malaysia yesterday one death, 70 new infections and 88 discharges saw the active caseload fall to 1,504, of which 20 are classified as serious or critical.

Singapore sees first reduction in active cases

Singapore yesterday recorded its 21st death with one person succumbing to the effects of COVID-19, while 486 new infections and 504 discharges saw the active caseload ease to 20,576, of which 24 are reportedly in serious or critical condition. This is the first DoD reduction in active cases for Singapore since COVID-19 was detected there.

There were no other COVID-19 related deaths recorded in any other Asean member country during the period.

In Thailand six fresh cases and two discharges saw the active caseload increase to 163, of which 61 are rated as in a serious or critical condition.

In Myanmar active cases fell to 100 on the back of two discharges, while Vietnam saw active infections fall to 39, two of which are rated serious or critical, on the back of eight discharges. There was no reported change in, Brunei, Cambodia, or Lao PDR.

Since the first Asean case was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 59,664 confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded in Asean member countries with 16,604 people, or about 27.83 per cent of all infections, having been treated and discharged.

In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 7.32 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.43 per cent.

There has been 1,910 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 10.32 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.20 per cent.

As of today, May 12, some 68.97 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections in Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to May 12
Asean COVID-19 update to May 12 Stella-maris Ewudolu

Global COVID-19 cases up to May 12

In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT May 12, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 1.78 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 4,252,325 an increase of 74,228. This is the smallest percentage increase in new infections since February 28, however, back then a 1.54 per cent increase in the daily infection rate represented 1,262 new cases.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 1.20 per cent DoD to 287,137, an increase of 3,403, the majority, 1,008, in the USA. This is the lowest percentage increase in deaths since February 25, however, back then a 0.48 per cent increase in daily deaths represented 2,712 people.

China reported 17 new infections bringing the official case count there to 82,918 with 141 current active cases and 78,144 recovered patients. There has been 4,633 deaths from SARS-CoV-2 in China.

In comparison the USA yesterday reported 18,196 new infections to bring the active caseload there to 1,041,814. There has been 1,385,834 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections recorded in the USA and 81,797 deaths. Only 18.92 per cent of all US cases have recovered.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally rose by 36,506, or 2.45 per cent, over the day prior to 1,527,002.

At the current rate there will be/ have been more than six million SARS-CoV-2 infections by the end of May, with some 360,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 34,897 people.

COVID-19 global tally to May 12
COVID-19 global tally to May 12 John Le Fevre

Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to May 12

COVID-19 global deaths to May 12
COVID-19 global deaths to May 12 Digital Editor

Global COVID-19 overview up to May 12

As of 00:23 GMT May 12 there was 2,439,547 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 1.42 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.92 per cent, or 46,940 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 15.83 per cent. On March 15 the CMR for completed cases was eight per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 6.75 per cent.

As of May 12, some 57.35 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 35.90 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to May 12
COVID-19 global snapshot to May 12 Worldometers


Feature image PMI Kabupaten Banjar


*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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