COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 26 — global new infections & deaths slow to early outbreak levels

COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 26 — global new infections & deaths slow to early outbreak levels
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As of 00:29 GMT May 26 there was 43,557 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 38, or 0.09 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 159, or 0.37 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 1,223 people were declared as having recovered.

Indonesia yesterday again recorded the most number of deaths throughout the region with 19 fatalities taking the number of deaths there to 1,391, while 479 new infections pushed the active caseload to 15,717. After negative testing 240 people were discharged.

In the Philippines five fatalities pushed COVID-19 deaths there to 873, while 284 fresh infections saw the active caseload rise to 10,123, of which 81 are considered serious or critical. Following treatment 74 people went home.

Thailand yesterday recorded its 57th COVID-19 death, bringing the number of fatalities there to 57. Seven discharges and two new infections combined to see active cases fall to 57, all of whom are said to be in a serious or critical condition.

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 an 11th consecutive day on the back of 344 new infections and 862 discharges to 16,199, of which eight are regarded as serious or critical.

Malaysia yesterday recorded 172 fresh cases, but only 34 discharges, resulting in the active caseload there rising to 1,323, of which eight are said to be serious or critical.

Myanmar yesterday reported two new infections and one discharge to see active cases there edge up to 74, while Vietnam reported one new case and five discharges to see the active caseload ease to 54, of which two people are said to be in a serious or critical condition.

Brunei, Cambodia, and Lao PDR did not report any change during the period, with the latter clocking up its 43rd day without a new infection.

Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 80,301 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 34,278 people, or about 42.69 per cent, of all infections having been treated and discharged.

In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 3.70 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.02 per cent.

There has been 2,466 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 6.71 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.07 per cent.

As of today, May 26, some 54.24 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to May 26
Asean COVID-19 update to May 26 Stella-maris Ewudolu


Global COVID-19 cases up to May 26

In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT May 26, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 1.63 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 5,584,211 an increase of 89,756.

This is the slowest DoD increase since February 28 when a 1.51 per cent daily increase represented 1,262 new infections.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 0.34 per cent DoD to 347,613, an increase of 1,179, the majority, 806, in Brazil.

This is the slowest increase in deaths on a percentage basis since the Chinese city of Wuhan was locked down on January 23.

China yesterday reported 11 new infections seeing the active number of cases there rise to 83. There has been 82,985 SARS-CoV-2 infections in China with 78,268 people having recovered and 4,634 official deaths.

In comparison, the USA yesterday reported 19,790 new infections, 11,116 discharges, and 505 deaths, the fewest since March 28 when it recorded 400 deaths, to see the active caseload there swell to 1,143,603.

There has been 1,706,226 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections recorded in the USA and 99,805 deaths. Only 27.13 per cent of all US cases have recovered.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally rose by 61,747, or 2.69 per cent, over the day prior to 2,361,092.

At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 7.8 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by the middle of June, with some 370,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 27,648 people.

COVID-19 global tally to May 26
COVID-19 global tally to May 26 John Le Fevre


Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to May 26

COVID-19 global deaths to May 26
COVID-19 global deaths to May 26 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to May 26

As of 00:29 GMT May 26 there was 2,875,506 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 0.94 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.85 per cent, or 53,167 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 12.08  per cent. On March 15 the CMR for completed cases was eight per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 6.22 per cent.

As of May 26, some 51.49 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 42.28 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to May 26
COVID-19 global snapshot to May 26 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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