COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 18 — 90,000 Americans dead; local cases continue to ease

COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 18 — 90,000 Americans dead; local cases continue to ease

As of 00:58 GMT May 18 there was 41,443 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, a fall of nine, or -0.02 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 173, or 0.42 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 1,351 people were discharged and sent home after treatment.

Indonesia yesterday recorded the most number of deaths throughout the region with 59 fatalities taking the number of deaths there to 1,148, while 489 newly discovered infections pushed the active caseload to 12,237. After negative testing 218 people were discharged.

In the Philippines seven fatalities pushed COVID-19 deaths there to 824, while 208 fresh infections saw the active caseload rise to 9,054, of which 79 are considered serious or critical. Following treatment 295 people went home.

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

In Singapore yesterday 682 new infections and 998 discharges combined to see active cases fall for the third consecutive day to 18,676, of which 16 are graded as serious or critical.

In Malaysia 22 fresh cases and 59 discharges saw the active caseload continue to fall, dropping to 1,210, of which 13 are said to be serious or critical.

Thailand yesterday saw its active caseload rise to 116 on the back of three new infections and one discharge, while two new infections in each of Myanmar and Vietnam saw the number of active cases rise to 81 in the former and 60 in the latter. One person in Myanmar was discharged, while 61 people are said to be in a serious or critical condition in Thailand and 21 in Vietnam.

There was no changes reported in Brunei, Cambodia, or Lao PDR during the period.

Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 68,773 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 25,160 people, or about 36.58 per cent, of all infections having been treated and discharged.

In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 5.67 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 3.14 per cent.

There has been 2,170 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 7.94 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.16 per cent.

As of today, May 18, some 60.26 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to May 18
Asean COVID-19 update to May 18 Stella-maris Ewudolu


Global COVID-19 cases up to May 18

In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT May 18, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 1.74 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 4,799,266 an increase of 82,257.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 1.16 per cent DoD to 316,520, an increase of 3,618, the majority, 865, in the USA. This was the lowest number of daily deaths in the USA since May 11.

China yesterday reported one death and six new infections bringing the official case count there to 82,947, with 86 current active cases and 78,227 recovered patients. There has been 4,634 deaths from SARS-CoV-2 in China.

In comparison the USA yesterday reported 19,891 new infections to bring the active caseload there to 1,090,297. There has been 1,527,664 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections recorded in the USA and 90,978 deaths. Only 22.67 per cent of all US cases have recovered.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally rose by 48,012, or 2.65 per cent, over the day prior to 1,858,090.

At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 6.1 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by the end of May, with some 370,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 32,786 people.


COVID-19 global tally to May 18
COVID-19 global tally to May 18 John Le Fevre


Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to May 18


COVID-19 global deaths to May 18
COVID-19 global deaths to May 18 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to May 18

As of 00:58 GMT May 18 there was 2,626,768 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 1.24 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.71 per cent, or 44,817 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 14.56 per cent. On March 15 the CMR for completed cases was eight per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 6.59 per cent.

As of May 18, some 54.71 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 38.70 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to May 18
COVID-19 global snapshot to May 18 Webmaster 2


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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