As of 00:29 GMT May 22 there was 42,694 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 306, or 0.72 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 166, or 0.39 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 1,341 people were declared as having recovered.
Indonesia yesterday recorded the most number of deaths throughout the region with 36 fatalities taking the number of deaths there to 1,278, while a country daily record of 973 newly discovered infections pushed the active caseload to 14,046. After negative testing 263 people were discharged.
In the Philippines four fatalities pushed COVID-19 deaths there to 846, while 213 fresh infections saw the active caseload rise to 9,588, of which 81 are considered serious or critical. Following treatment 68 people went home.
Singapore yesterday recorded its 23rd fatality with the death of one person, while 448 new infections and 910 discharges combined to see active cases fall for the seventh consecutive day, dropping to 17,672, of which 10 are graded as serious or critical.
There were no other COVID-19 related deaths recorded in any other Asean member country during the period.
Malaysia yesterday recorded 50 fresh cases and 90 discharges to see the active caseload fall to 1,149, of which 10 are said to be serious or critical.
Cambodia loses ‘Covid-19-free’ status
Three fresh infections in Thailand yesterday and nine discharges saw active cases fall to 84, with 61 people said to remain in a serious or critical condition, while Cambodia lost its status as Covid-19-free with the discovery of one imported case, putting the country back on the tally board with one active COVID-19 infection.
One discharge in Vietnam saw the active caseload there drop to 60, of which two people are said to be in a serious or critical condition.
There were no changes in Brunei, Lao PDR, or Myanmar during the period, with Lao PDR clocking up its 39th day without a new infection, the most in the region.
Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 74,310 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 29,292 people, or about 39.42 per cent, of all infections having been treated and discharged.
In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 4.80 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.80 per cent.
There has been 2,324 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 7.35 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.13 per cent.
As of today, May 22, some 57.45 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.
Global COVID-19 cases up to May 22
In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT May 22, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 2.08 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 5,189,177 an increase of 105,766. This is the second day in a row that new infections have topped 100,000 in a 24-hour period, after adjustments made to yesterday’s figures saw the number tumble over the 100,000 barrier.
The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 1.47 per cent DoD to 334,072, an increase of 4,833, the majority, 1,359, in the USA.
Brazil yesterday recorded 1,153 deaths, the first time fatalities there have exceeded 1,000 in a 24-hour period. With a total lack of any COVID-19 prevention policies deaths there will only increase.
China yesterday reported two new infections bringing the official case count there to 82,967, with 84 current active cases and 78,249 recovered patients. There has been 4,634 deaths from SARS-CoV-2 in China.
In comparison the USA yesterday reported 27,734 new infections to bring the active caseload there to 1,141,997. There has been 1,620,457 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections recorded in the USA and 96,295 deaths. Only 23.25 per cent of all US cases have recovered.
Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally rose by 58,385, or 2.89 per cent, over the day prior to 2,078,536.
At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 6.3 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 30,990 people.
Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to May 22
Global COVID-19 overview up to May 22
As of 00:29 GMT May 22 there was 2,776,569 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 1.59 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.64 per cent, or 45,635 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.
Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 13.85 per cent. On March 15 the CMR for completed cases was eight per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 6.44 per cent.
As of May 22, some 53.51 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 40.06 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.
Feature image the Senate of Cambodia
*Daily figures subject to final adjustment.
John Le Fevre
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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