COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 23 — regional survivors top 30,000, but 42,000 cases remain active

COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 23 — regional survivors top 30,000, but 42,000 cases remain active
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As of 00:21 GMT May 23 there was 42,847 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 153, or 0.36 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 163, or 0.38 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 1,276 people were declared as having recovered.

Indonesia yesterday again recorded the most number of deaths throughout the region with 48 fatalities taking the number of deaths there to 1,326, while 634 newly discovered infections pushed the active caseload to 14,413. After negative testing 219 people were discharged.

In the Philippines 11 fatalities pushed COVID-19 deaths there to 857, while 163 fresh infections saw the active caseload rise to 9,648, of which 81 are considered serious or critical. Following treatment 92 people went home.

Malaysia yesterday recorded its 115th COVID-19 fatality with the death of one patient, while 78 fresh cases and 63 discharges saw the active caseload jump to 1,163, of which nine are said to be serious or critical.

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

Singapore yesterday recorded 614 new infections and 878 discharges to see active cases fall for the eigth consecutive day, dropping to 17,408, of which eight are graded as serious or critical.

In Thailand yesterday 13 discharges saw active cases fall to 71, with 61 people said to remain in a serious or critical condition, while Myanmar yesterday discharged eight people following treatment to see active infections there drop to 77.

Meanwhile, in Vietnam, three people were sent home resulting in active cases there falling to 57, two of which are classified as serious or critical.

There were no changes in Brunei, Cambodia, or Lao PDR during the period, with Lao PDR clocking up its 40th 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 75,799 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 30,568 people, or about 40.32 per cent, of all infections having been treated and discharged.

In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 4.36 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 2.58 per cent.

There has been 2,384 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 7.23 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.15 per cent.

As of today, May 23, some 56.52 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to May 23
Asean COVID-19 update to May 23 Stella-maris Ewudolu

Global COVID-19 cases up to May 23

In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT May 23, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 2.07 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 5,298,185 an increase of 107,694.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 1.57 per cent DoD to 339,418, an increase of 5,245, the majority, 1,283, in the USA.

China yesterday reported four new infections bringing the official case count there to 82,971, with 82 current active cases and 78,255 recovered patients. There has been 4,634 deaths from SARS-CoV-2 in China.

In comparison the USA yesterday reported 24,114 new infections to bring the active caseload there to 1,149,524. There has been 1,645,011 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections recorded in the USA and 97,637 deaths. Only 24.19 per cent of all US cases have recovered.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally rose by 76,518, or 3.68 per cent, over the day prior to 2,155,054.

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 390,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 31,264 people.

COVID-19 global tally to May 23
COVID-19 global tally to May 23 John Le Fevre


Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to May 23

COVID-19 global deaths to May 23
COVID-19 global deaths to May 23 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to May 23

As of 00:21 GMT May 23 there was 2,807,700 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 1.12 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.59 per cent, or 44,582 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 13.63  per cent. On March 15 the CMR for completed cases was eight per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 6.40 per cent.

As of May 23, some 52.99 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 40.60 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to May 23
COVID-19 global snapshot to May 23 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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