COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 3 — slow path home with 71% of all Asean cases still active

COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 3 — slow path home with 71% of all Asean cases still active
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As of 01:09 GMT May 3 there was 33,841 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 619, or 1.86 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 158, or 0.47 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 332 people were discharged and sent home after successful treatment.

Indonesia yesterday recorded the most number of deaths in a 24-hour period in the region with 31 fatalities there pushing COVID-19 deaths to 831. Active cases rose to 8,347 with the addition of 292 new infections. Following successful treatment and negative tests 74 people were sent home.

In the Philippines 24 people succumbed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus yesterday to bring fatalities there to 603, while 156 new cases saw active infections increase to 7,201. Following treatment 40 people were discharged.

Singapore yesterday recorded its 17th death after one person succumbed to COVID-19, while 447 new cases saw active infections climb to 16,184, of which 24 are regarded as serious or critical. Following treatment 79 people went home.

In Malaysia the active caseload fell to 1,747 yesterday, 31 of which are classified as serious or critical, on the back of 105 fresh cases and 156 discharges.

In Thailand six fresh cases and 13 discharges saw the active caseload there continue to fall, dropping to 180, though 61 people remain classified as serious or critical.

There were no other new SARS-CoV-2 infections reported elsewhere throughout Asean yesterday. In Myanmar six discharges saw active infections there fall to 108, while in Brunei the number of active COVID-19 cases fell to 11, two of which are classified as serious or critical, after two people went home.

Cambodia saw its active caseload fall to two, of which one remains serious or critical, following one discharge, while in Lao PDR one discharge saw active cases fall to 10. The situation remain unchanged in Vietnam.

Since the first Asean case was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 47,161 confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded in Asean member countries with 11,705 people, or about 24.82 per cent of all infections, having been treated and discharged.

In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 2.92 per cent, while deaths increased 3.59 per cent.

There has been 1,615 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 12.12 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.42 per cent.

As of today, May 3, some 71.76 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections in Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to May 3
Asean COVID-19 update to May 3 John Le Fevre

Global COVID-19 cases up to May 3

In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT May 3, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 2.45 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 3,481,351 an increase of 83,257.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 2.17 per cent DoD to 244,633, an increase of 5,185, the majority, 1,691, in the USA.

China reported one new infection bringing the official case count there to 82,875, with 557 current active cases and 77,685 recovered patients. There has been 4,633 deaths from SARS-CoV-2 in China.

In comparison the USA yesterday reported 29,744 new infections to bring the active caseload there to 932,625. An adjustment in figures for the USA yesterday saw the number of recovered patients fall to 160,705, compared to 161,5653 the day prior. There has been 1,160,774 SARS-CoV-2 infections recorded in the USA and 67,444 deaths.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally rose by 27,252, or 2.52 per cent, over the day prior to 1,108,408.

At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 4.7 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by the middle of May, with some 455,000 deaths.

COVID-19 global tally to May 3
COVID-19 global tally to May 3 John Le Fevre

Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to May 3

COVID-19 global deaths to May 3
COVID-19 global deaths to May 3 Digital Editor

Global COVID-19 overview up to May 3

As of 01:09 GMT May 3 there was 2,130,016 active cases of COVID-19 globally, and increase of 2.43 per cent on the day prior, of which some 2.39 per cent, or 50,858 people, classified as in serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 18.08 per cent. On March 15 the CMR was eight per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 7.05 per cent.

As of May 3, 61.15 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 31.82 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to May 3
COVID-19 global snapshot to May 3 Worldometers


Feature image Dodo Dulay


*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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