COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 16 — Asean sees first fall in active cases; global infection rate continues to quicken

COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 16 — Asean sees first fall in active cases; global infection rate continues to quicken
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As of 00:31 GMT May 16 there was 41,633 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, a fall of 288, or -0.69 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 179, or 0.42 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 1,781 people were discharged and sent home after treatment.

Indonesia yesterday recorded the most number of deaths throughout the region with 33 fatalities taking the number of deaths there to 1,076, while 490 newly discovered infections pushed the active caseload to 11,617. After negative testing 285 people were discharged.

In the Philippines 16 fatalities pushed COVID-19 deaths there to 806, while 215 fresh infections saw the active caseload rise to 8,825, of which 77 are considered serious or critical. Following treatment 123 people went home.

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

Singapore yesterday recorded 793 new infections, however, active cases fell to 19,622, of which 18 are graded as serious or critical, on the back of 1,275 people being declared SARS-CoV-2 free.

In Malaysia 36 new infections and 88 discharges saw the active caseload fall to 1,304, of which 14 are classified as serious or critical, while seven newly identified cases in Thailand and four discharges saw its active caseload rise to 115. Sixty-one people remain in a serious or critical condition in Thailand.

Vietnam was the only other Asean member state to report a new SARS-CoV-2 infection yesterday with one case pushing active infections there to 53.

In Myanmar active cases continued to fall with five discharges bringing active cases there down to 86, while one discharge in Brunei saw the active caseload there fall to five.

There was no change reported in Brunei, Cambodia, or Lao PDR.

Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 66,134 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 22,423 people, or about 33.91 per cent, of all infections having been treated and discharged.

In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 8.62 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 2.41 per cent.

There has been 2,078 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 8.48 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.14 per cent.

As of today, May 16, some 62.95 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to May 16
Asean COVID-19 update to May 16 Stella-maris Ewudolu


Global COVID-19 cases up to May 16

In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT May 16, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 2.19 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 4,621,125 an increase of 99,116.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 1.67 per cent DoD to 308,132, an increase of 5,050, the majority, 1,573, in the USA.

China yesterday reported four new infections bringing the official case count there to 82,933, with 91 current active cases and 78,209 recovered patients. There has been 4,633 deaths from SARS-CoV-2 in China.

In comparison the USA yesterday reported 26,411 new infections to bring the active caseload there to 1,069,302. There has been 1,484,004 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections recorded in the USA and 88,485 deaths. Only 21.98 per cent of all US cases have recovered.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally rose by 53,002, or 3.11 per cent, over the day prior to 1,755,115.

At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 6.5 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by the end of May, with some 400,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 32,156 people.

COVID-19 global tally to May 16
COVID-19 global tally to May 16 John Le Fevre


Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to May 16

COVID-19 global deaths to May 16
COVID-19 global deaths to May 16 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to May 16

As of 00:31 GMT May 16 there was 2,557,907 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 1.67 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.76 per cent, or 45,004 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 14.93 per cent. On March 15 the CMR for completed cases was eight per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 6.67 per cent.

As of May 16, some 55.35 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 37.98 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to May 16
COVID-19 global snapshot to May 16 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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