COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 31 — active cases fall in Asean as Brazil continues march up death tally table

COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 31 — active cases fall in Asean as Brazil continues march up death tally table
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As of 00:31 GMT May 31 there was 44,786 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, a decrease of 177, or -0.39  per cent, on the day prior. Of this 134, or 0.30 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 1,819 people were declared as having recovered.

Indonesia yesterday again recorded the most number of deaths throughout the region with 53 fatalities taking the number of deaths there to 1,573, while 557 new infections pushed the active caseload to 17,185. Following treatment 523 people were discharged.

In the Philippines eight fatalities pushed COVID-19 deaths there to 950, while 590 fresh infections saw the active caseload jump to 12,466, of which 56 are considered serious or critical. Following treatment 88 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 16th consecutive day on the back of 506 new infections and 1,096 discharges to 13,616, of which seven are regarded as serious or critical.

Meanwhile, the combination of 30 fresh cases and 95 discharges yesterday saw the active caseload in Malaysia edge down to 1,317, of which nine are said to be serious or critical.

In Thailand yesterday one new case amongst returnees and 16 recoveries saw active cases drop to 59, all of whom are said to be in a serious or critical condition, while 17 new cases in Myanmar saw the active caseload there jump to 88.

Cambodia reported one new infection, detected in a returnee, while one recovery saw the active caseload move up to two, of which one person is said to be critical or serious. In Vietnam one fresh case saw active infections there climb to 49, of which one person is said to be in a serious or critical condition.

There was no change reported in Brunei or Lao PDR, with the latter recording its 48th 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 89,039 confirmed cases recorded in Asean member countries with 41,527 people, or about 46.64 per cent, of all infections having been treated and discharged.

In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 4.58 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 2.29 per cent.

There has been 2,726 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 6.16 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.06 per cent.

As of today, May 31, some 50.30 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections throughout Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to May 31
Asean COVID-19 update to May 31 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 31

In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT May 31, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 2.06 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 6,150,483, an increase of 124,103.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 1.11 per cent DoD to 370,506, an increase of 4,084 with the majority, 1,015*, in the USA, marginally ahead of Brazil.

China yesterday reported four new infections and 11 discharges to see the active number of cases there drop to 63. There has been 82,999 SARS-CoV-2 infections in China with 78,302 people having recovered and 4,634 official deaths.

In comparison, the USA yesterday reported 23,290* new infections, 15,733 discharges, and 1,015* deaths to push total deaths to 105,557 and active cases to 1,176,025.

There has been 1,816,280 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections recorded in the USA with only 29.47 per cent of all diagnosed US cases being discharged.

Brazil continues march up death tally table

Marginally behind the USA is Brazil where 890* people reportedly died from COVID-19 ailments yesterday bringing the total number of deaths there to 28,834, fourth in the world for total deaths behind Italy at 33,340, and ahead of France at 28,771.

Some 30,102 new cases were reported in Brazil yesterday bringing the total number of active infections to 264,235, second globally to the USA.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally yesterday rose by 78,468, or 2.95 per cent, over the day prior to 2,734,548.

At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 8.5 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by the middle of June, with some 440,000 deaths.

In the past seven days COVID-19 related illnesses have been blamed for the deaths of 26,898 people.

COVID-19 global tally to May 31
COVID-19 global tally to May 31 John Le Fevre


Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to May 31

COVID-19 global deaths to May 31
COVID-19 global deaths to May 31 Digital Editor


Global COVID-19 overview up to May 31

As of 00:31 GMT May 31 there was 3,045,431 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 1.39 per cent on the day prior, of which some 1.76 per cent, or 53,503 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 11.93  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 6.02 per cent.

As of May 31, some 49.52 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 44.46 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to May 31
COVID-19 global snapshot to May 31 Worldometers



Feature image Myanmar Ministry of Information


*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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