COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 4 — 3.5 mln cases globally as deaths approach 250,000

COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 4 — 3.5 mln cases globally as deaths approach 250,000
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As of 00:59 GMT May 4 there was 34,787 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 946, or 2.80 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 152, or 0.44 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 464 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 14 fatalities there pushing COVID-19 deaths to 845. Active cases rose to 8,471 with the addition of 349 new infections. Following successful treatment and negative tests 211 people were sent home.

In the Philippines four people succumbed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus yesterday to bring fatalities there to 607, while 295 new cases saw active infections increase to 7,402. Following treatment 90 people were discharged.

Two deaths in Malaysia yesterday pushed fatalities to 105, while 122 newly found infections saw the active caseload rise to 1,780, of which 27 are classified as serious or critical.  Eighty-seven people were discharged and sent home.

Singapore yesterday recorded its 18th death after one person succumbed to COVID-19, while 657 new cases saw active infections climb to 16,779, of which 22 are reportedly in serious or critical condition. Following treatment 61 people went home.

In Thailand three fresh cases and seven discharges saw the active caseload continue to fall, dropping to 176, with 61 people in a serious or critical condition.

In Myanmar four fresh cases and six discharges saw active infections there fall to 106, while one fresh infection in Vietnam, after nine days free, saw the active caseload there rise to 52, of which eight are said to be in a serious or critical condition.

There were no other new SARS-CoV-2 infections reported elsewhere throughout Asean yesterday.

In Brunei the number of active COVID-19 cases yesterday fell to nine, two of which are classified as serious or critical, after two people went home following treatment. There was no change to the situation in Cambodia or Lao PDR.

Since the first Asean case was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 48,592 confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded in Asean member countries with 12,169 people, or about 25.04 per cent of all infections, having been treated and discharged.

In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 3.96 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.29 per cent.

There has been 1,636 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 11.89 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.37 per cent.

As of today, May 4, some 71.59 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections in Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to May 4
Asean COVID-19 update to May 4 Stella-maris Ewudolu

Global COVID-19 cases up to May 4

In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT May 4, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 2.36 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 3,563,689 an increase of 82,260.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 1.42 per cent DoD to 248,146, an increase of 3,481, the majority, 1,143, in the USA. This is the smallest percentage increase since February 25, and the fewest number of deaths since March 29.

China reported two new infections bringing the official case count there to 82,877, with 531 current active cases and 77,713 recovered patients. There has been 4,633 deaths from SARS-CoV-2 in China.

In comparison the USA yesterday reported 27,255 new infections to bring the active caseload there to 941,179. There has been 1,188,029 SARS-CoV-2 infections recorded in the USA and 68,587 deaths. Only 15 per cent of all US cases have recovered.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally rose by 45,591, or 4.11 per cent, over the day prior to 1,153,999.

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 293,000 deaths. In the past seven days 41,231 people have died of COVID-19 related illnesses.

COVID-19 global tally to May 4
COVID-19 global tally to May 4 John Le Fevre

Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to May 4

COVID-19 global deaths to May 4
COVID-19 global deaths to May 4 Digital Editor

Global COVID-19 overview up to May 4

As of 00:59 GMT May 4 there was 2,161,614 active cases of COVID-19 globally, and increase of 1.48 per cent on the day prior, of which some 2.31 per cent, or 50,040 people, classified as in serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 17.70 per cent. On March 15 the CMR was eight per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 7 per cent.

As of May 4, 60.66 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 32.38 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to May 4
COVID-19 global snapshot to May 4 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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