COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 19 — active cases continue to ease in Singapore

COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 19 — active cases continue to ease in Singapore
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As of 00:35 GMT May 19 there was 41,621 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 178, or 0.43 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 171, or 0.41 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 836 people were declared as having recovered.

Indonesia yesterday recorded the most number of deaths throughout the region with 43 fatalities taking the number of deaths there to 1,191, while 496 newly discovered infections pushed the active caseload to 12,495. After negative testing 195 people were discharged.

In the Philippines seven fatalities pushed COVID-19 deaths there to 831, while 205 fresh infections saw the active caseload rise to 9,158, of which 81 are considered serious or critical. Following treatment 94 people went home.

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

In Singapore yesterday 305 new infections and 495 discharges combined to see active cases fall for the fourth consecutive day to 18,486, of which 12 are graded as serious or critical.

In Malaysia 47 fresh cases and 44 discharges saw the active caseload jump to 1,213, of which 13 are said to be serious or critical.

Thailand yesterday saw its active caseload rise to 118 on the back of three new infections and one discharge, with 61 people said to remain in a serious or critical condition.

Four new infections in each of Myanmar and Vietnam saw the number of active cases in the former stay stable at 81 on the back of four discharges, while in the latter they rose to 61 after three people were discharged. In Vietnam two people remain in a serious or critical condition.

There was no changes reported in Brunei, Cambodia, or Lao PDR during the period, with the latter clocking up its 36th day without a new infection.

Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 69,837 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 25,996 people, or about 37.22 per cent, of all infections having been treated and discharged.

In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 3.32 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 2.30 per cent.

There has been 2,220 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 7.87 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.18 per cent.

As of today, May 19, some 59.60 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

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

Global COVID-19 cases up to May 19

In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT May 19, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 1.85 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 4,887,934 an increase of 88,668.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 1.09 per cent DoD to 319,961, an increase of 3,441, the majority, 999, in the USA. This was the smallest percentage increase in global daily deaths since February 25 when a 0.48 per cent increase represented 2,712 people.

China yesterday reported seven new infections bringing the official case count there to 82,954, with 82 current active cases and 78,238 recovered patients. There has been 4,634 deaths from SARS-CoV-2 in China.

In comparison the USA yesterday reported 22,446 new infections to bring the active caseload there to 1,102,312. There has been 1,550,110 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections recorded in the USA and 91,977 deaths. Only 22.95 per cent of all US cases have recovered.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally rose by 46,594, or 2.51 per cent, over the day prior to 1,904,684.

At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 6.2 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 32,830 people.

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


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

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


Global COVID-19 overview up to May 19

As of 00:35 GMT May 19 there was 2,663,289 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 1.39 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.68 per cent, or 44,760 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 14.38 per cent. On March 15 the CMR for completed cases was eight per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 6.55 per cent.

As of May 19, some 54.49 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 38.97 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

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