COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 17 — Cambodia first to discharge last patient

COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 17 — Cambodia first to discharge last patient
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As of 00:29 GMT May 17 there was 41,452 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, a fall of 181, or -0.43 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 173, or 0.42 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 1,386 people were discharged and sent home after treatment.

Indonesia yesterday recorded the most number of deaths throughout the region with 13 fatalities taking the number of deaths there to 1,089, while 529 newly discovered infections pushed the active caseload to 12,025. After negative testing 108 people were discharged.

In the Philippines 11 fatalities pushed COVID-19 deaths there to 817, while 214 fresh infections saw the active caseload rise to 8,927, of which 79 are considered serious or critical. Following treatment 101 people went home.

Singapore yesterday recorded one fatality to bring COVID-19 deaths there to 22, while the combination of 465 new infections and 1,094 discharges combined to see active cases fall for the second consecutive day to 18,922, of which 16 are graded as serious or critical.

In Malaysia one death saw fatalities there rise to 113, while 17 fresh cases and 73 discharges saw the active caseload continue to fall, dropping to 1,247, of which 13 are said to be serious or critical.

There was no other COVID-19 related deaths recorded in any other Asean member country during the period, with four cases in Vietnam, driving active cases there to 58, two of which are serious or critical, being the only new infections.

Cambodia first to discharge last patient

In Thailand one discharge saw the active caseload there drop to 114, of which 61 are said to be in a serious or critical condition, while one discharge in Brunei saw active cases there fall to four, of which two are said to be serious or critical.

Cambodia yesterday became the first Asean member nation to record zero COVID-19 cases when its last patient was discharged and sent home. There was no change reported in Lao PDR.

Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 67,365 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 23,809 people, or about 35.34 per cent, of all infections having been treated and discharged.

In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 6.18 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.25 per cent.

There has been 2,104 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 8.12 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.12 per cent.

As of today, May 17, some 61.53 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to May 17
Asean COVID-19 update to May 17 Stella-maris Ewudolu


Global COVID-19 cases up to May 17

In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT May 17, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 2.07 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 4,716,986 an increase of 95,577.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 1.37 per cent DoD to 312,385, an increase of 4,231, the majority, 1,089, in the USA.

China yesterday reported eight new infections bringing the official case count there to 82,941, with 89 current active cases and 78,219 recovered patients. There has been 4,633 deaths from SARS-CoV-2 in China.

In comparison the USA yesterday reported 23,592 new infections to bring the active caseload there to 1,079,070. There has been 1,507,877 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections recorded in the USA and 89,596 deaths. Only 22.50 per cent of all US cases have recovered.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally rose by 54,963, or 3.13 per cent, over the day prior to 1,820,078.

At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 6.4 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by the end of May, with some 380,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 32,161 people.


COVID-19 global tally to May 17
COVID-19 global tally to May 17 John Le Fevre

Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to May 17


COVID-19 global deaths to May 17
COVID-19 global deaths to May 17 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to May 17

As of 00:29 GMT May 17 there was 2,594,523 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 1.43 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.73 per cent, or 44,831 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 14.72 per cent. On March 15 the CMR for completed cases was eight per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 6.62 per cent.

As of May 17, some 55 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 38.37 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to May 17
COVID-19 global snapshot to May 17 Worldometers


Feature image the Senate of Cambodia


*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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