COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 30 — infection rate quickens; 6th mln reached in 9 days, 3 mln active

COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 30 — infection rate quickens; 6th mln reached in 9 days, 3 mln active
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As of 00:30 GMT May 30 there was 44,963 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 623, or 1.41 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 159, or 0.35 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 1,782 people were declared as having recovered.

Indonesia yesterday again recorded the most number of deaths throughout the region with 24 fatalities taking the number of deaths there to 1,520, while 678 new infections pushed the active caseload to 17,204. Following treatment 252 people were discharged.

In the Philippines 21 fatalities pushed COVID-19 deaths there to 942, while 1,046 fresh infections, the highest number there and the second highest in a 24-hour period of any Asean member country, saw the active caseload leap to 11,972, of which 81 are considered serious or critical. Following treatment 122 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 the 15th consecutive day on the back of 611 new infections and 1,337 discharges to 14,206**, of which eight are regarded as serious or critical.

Meanwhile, the almost constant drop in Malaysia’s active cases was halted yesterday with the combination of 103 fresh cases and 66 discharges seeing the active caseload edge up to 1,382, of which eight are said to be serious or critical.

Thailand yesterday again recorded 11 new cases amongst returnees to see active cases edge up to 74, of whom 59 are said to be in a serious or critical condition, while Myanmar reported one new infection and four discharges to see the active caseload there drop to 71.

In Vietnam one discharge saw the active caseload drop to 48, of which one is said to be serious or critical, while Brunei, Cambodia and Lao PDR reported no changes, the latter recording its 47th day without a new COVID-19 case.

Since the first Asean case of COVID-19 was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 87,336 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 39,708 people, or about 45.47 per cent, of all infections having been treated and discharged.

In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 4.60 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.72 per cent.

There has been 2,665 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 6.29 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.05 per cent.

As of today, May 30, some 51.48 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.


Asean COVID-19 update to May 30
Asean COVID-19 update to May 30 Stella-maris Ewudolu

**On May 28 the Singapore government announced that it was adopting a “time-based discharge criteria” under which SARS-CoV-2 positive patients would be discharged 21-days after the onset of symptoms, without the need for them to pass two negative tests 24-hours apart as had been the case in the past.

Discharged patients will be required to self isolate for another seven days prior to commencing work, but no additional tests were announced as going to be performed on them prior to their return to employment. The active case numbers for Singapore past May 29 should be regarded as a guide only. 


Global COVID-19 cases up to May 30

In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT May 30, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 2.12 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 6,026,248, an increase of 125,341. The figure represents a significant quickening in the number of detected new cases with the sixth one million infection taking just nine days to record. All previous one million case increases have been spaced 12 days apart

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 1.35 per cent DoD to 366,415, an increase of 4,866 with the majority, 1,209*, in the USA, marginally ahead of Brazil.

China yesterday reported no new infections and three discharges to see the active number of cases there drop to 70. There has been 82,995 SARS-CoV-2 infections in China with 78,291 people having recovered and 4,634 official deaths.

In comparison, the USA yesterday reported 24,942* new infections, 20,785 discharges, and 1,209* deaths to push total deaths to 104,539 and active cases to 1,169,359.

There has been 1,793,403 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections recorded in the USA with only 28.97 per cent of all diagnosed US cases being discharged.

Brazil #2 in the world for active cases

Marginally behind the USA was Brazil where 1,180* people reportedly died from COVID-19 ailments yesterday bringing the total number of deaths there to 27,944, fifth in the world for total deaths, marginally behind France at 28,714 and ahead of Spain at 27,121.

Some 29,526 new cases were reported in Brazil yesterday bringing the total number of active infections to 247,213, second globally to the USA.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally yesterday rose by 78,835, or 3.06 per cent, over the day prior to 2,656,080.

At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 8.6 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by the middle of June, with some 460,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 26,990 people.

COVID-19 global tally to May 30
COVID-19 global tally to May 30 John Le Fevre


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

COVID-19 global deaths to May 30
COVID-19 global deaths to May 30 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to May 30

As of 00:30 GMT May 30 there was 3,003,753 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 1.40 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.79 per cent, or 53,736 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 12.12  per cent. On March 15 the CMR for completed cases was 8.0 per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 6.13 per cent.

As of May 30, some 50.19 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 44.08 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to May 30
COVID-19 global snapshot to May 30 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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