COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 24 — Indonesia leaps through 15,000 active cases

COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 24 — Indonesia leaps through 15,000 active cases
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As of 00:33 GMT May 24 there was 43,414 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 567, or 1.32 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 164, or 0.38 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 1,227 people were declared as having recovered.

Indonesia yesterday again recorded the most number of deaths throughout the region with 25 fatalities taking the number of deaths there to 1,351, while 949 new infections, its second highest daily increase since March 21 when it recorded 973 new cases, pushed the active caseload to 15,145. After negative testing 192 people were discharged.

In the Philippines six fatalities pushed COVID-19 deaths there to 863, while 180 fresh infections saw the active caseload rise to 9,737, of which 81 are considered serious or critical. Following treatment 85 people went home.

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

In Singapore yesterday the number of active cases fell for a ninth consecutive day on the back of 642 new infections and 887 discharges to 17,163, of which eight are regarded as serious or critical.

Malaysia yesterday recorded 48 fresh cases and 53 discharges to see the active caseload there fall to 1,158, of which nine are said to be serious or critical.

In Thailand yesterday six discharges and three fresh cases saw active cases there fall to 68, with 61 people said to remain in a serious or critical condition, while two new cases and four recoveries in Myanmar saw active infections there drop to 75.

Cambodia recorded a second new infection among returnees to see its active caseload creep up to two, while Brunei, Lao PDR, and Vietnam saw no change to their COVID-19 situation, with Lao PDR clocking up its 4st day without a new infection.

Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 77,624 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 31,795 people, or about 40.96 per cent, of all infections having been treated and discharged.

In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 4.01 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.30 per cent.

There has been 2,415 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 7.06 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.11 per cent.

As of today, May 24, some 55.93 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to May 24
Asean COVID-19 update to May 24 Stella-maris Ewudolu


Global COVID-19 cases up to May 24

In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT May 24, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 1.89 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 5,397,884 an increase of 99,872.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 1.23 per cent DoD to 343,608, an increase of 4,183, the majority, 1,036, in the USA.

China yesterday reported no new infections leaving 79 current active COVID-19 cases. There has been 82,971 SARS-CoV-2 infections in China with 78,258 people having recovered and 4,634 official deaths.

In comparison, the USA yesterday reported 21,929 new infections and 49,024 discharges to see the active caseload there fall to 1,121,271. There has been 1,666,828 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections recorded in the USA and 98,683 deaths. Only 26.81 per cent of all US cases have recovered.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally rose by 89,798, or 4.17 per cent, over the day prior to 2,244,852.

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 370,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 30,706 people.

COVID-19 global tally to May 24
COVID-19 global tally to May 24 John Le Fevre


Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to May 24


COVID-19 global deaths to May 24
COVID-19 global deaths to May 24 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to May 24

As of 00:33 GMT May 24 there was 2,809,424 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 0.06 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.59 per cent, or 53,562 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 13.27  per cent. On March 15 the CMR for completed cases was eight per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 6.37 per cent.

As of May 24, some 52.04 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 41.59 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to May 24
COVID-19 global snapshot to May 24 Worldometers



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Community food pantries in Thailand to #FeedThePeople


*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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