COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 5 — regional cases nudge 50,000; 35,000 active

COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 5 — regional cases nudge 50,000; 35,000 active
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As of 01:03 GMT May 5 there was 35,753 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 966, or 2.78 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 153, or 0.43 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 308 people were discharged and sent home after successful treatment.

Indonesia yesterday again recorded the most number of deaths in a 24-hour period in the region with 19 fatalities there pushing COVID-19 deaths to 864. Active cases rose to 8,769 with the addition of 395 new infections. Following successful treatment and negative tests 78 people were sent home.

In the Philippines 16 people succumbed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus yesterday to bring fatalities there to 623, while 262 new cases saw active infections increase to 7,547. Following treatment 101 people were discharged. There were no other COVID-19 related deaths recorded in any other Asean member country during the period.

In Singapore yesterday 573 new cases saw active infections climb to 17,303, of which 22 are reportedly in serious or critical condition, while 49 people went home.

In Malaysia yesterday 55 newly found infections and 71 discharges saw the active caseload fall to 1,764, of which 28 are classified as serious or critical.

Thailand yesterday reported 18 new cases and one discharge to see active cases there rise to 193, with 61 people rated as serious or critical.

Myanmar recorded the regions only other new SARS-CoV-2 infections yesterday with six fresh cases and six discharges seeing the active caseload remain at 106. There was no other fresh cases of COVID-19 recorded by any other Asean member state during the period.

Since the first Asean case was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 49,901 confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded in Asean member countries with 12,477 people, or about 25.0 per cent of all infections, having been treated and discharged.

In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 2.53 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 2.14 per cent.

There has been 1,671 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 11.81 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.45 per cent.

As of today, May 5, some 71.65 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections in Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to May 5
Asean COVID-19 update to May 5 Stella-maris Ewudolu

Global COVID-19 cases up to May 5

In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT May 5, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 2.23 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 3,643,271 an increase of 79,582.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 1.65 per cent DoD to 252,241, an increase of 4,096, the majority, 1,324, in the USA.

China reported three new infections bringing the official case count there to 82,880, with 481 current active cases and 77,766 recovered patients. There has been 4,633 deaths from SARS-CoV-2 in China.

In comparison the USA yesterday reported 24,713 new infections to bring the active caseload there to 954,887. There has been 1,212,835 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections recorded in the USA and 69,921 deaths. Only 15.50 per cent of all US cases have recovered.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally rose by 40,836, or 3.54 per cent, over the day prior to 1,194,835.

At the current rate there will be/ have been more than 4.6 million SARS-CoV-2 infections by the middle of May, with some 301,000 deaths. In the past seven days 40,793 people have died from COVID-19 related illnesses.

COVID-19 global tally to May 5
COVID-19 global tally to May 5 John Le Fevre

Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to May 5

COVID-19 global deaths to May 5
COVID-19 global deaths to May 5 Digital Editor

Global COVID-19 overview up to May 5

As of 01:03 GMT May 5 there was 2,197,596 active cases of COVID-19 globally, and increase of 1.66 per cent on the day prior, of which some 2.26 per cent, or 49,635 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 5, some 60.29 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 32.78 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to May 5
COVID-19 global snapshot to May 5 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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