COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 8 — global cases approach 4 mln; Asean deaths top 1,800

COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 8 — global cases approach 4 mln; Asean deaths top 1,800
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As of 01:16 GMT May 8 there was 38,645 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,081, or 2.88 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 141, or 0.36 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 351 people were discharged and sent home after treatment.

Indonesia yesterday recorded the most number of deaths in a 24-hour period in the region with 35 people succumbing to the SARS-CoV-2 virus to bring fatalities there to 930. Active cases rose to 9,465 with the addition of 338 new infections. Following successful treatment and negative tests, 64 people were sent home.

The Philippines yesterday recorded 27 deaths, pushing COVID-19 fatalities there to 685, while 339 new cases saw active infections increase to 8,040, of which 31 are said to be serious or critical. Following treatment 211 people were discharged.

There were no other COVID-19 related deaths recorded in any other Asean member country during the period

In Singapore yesterday 741 new cases saw active infections climb to 19,207, of which 19 are reportedly in serious or critical condition. Following treatment 78 people went home.

Malaysia yesterday recorded 39 new infections and 744 discharges seeing the active caseload fall to 1,584, of which 19 are classified as serious or critical. In Myanmar 15 new cases saw active infections climb to 108, with 12 people being discharged.

In Thailand active cases fell to 165 on the back of three fresh COVID-19 cases and 11 discharges, with 61 people rated as in a serious or critical condition.

Vietnam yesterday reported 17 fresh infections to bring its active case count to 55, with one person being discharged, while Brunei recorded two new cases to bring its active caseload to nine, of which two are regarded as serious or critical.

Lao PDR clocked up 25 days without reporting a new infection, though 10 people still remain hospitalised, while Cambodia’s last two patients, one of which is reportedly serious or critical, continue to linger.

Since the first Asean case was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 54,263 confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded in Asean member countries with 13,814 people, or about 25.46 per cent of all infections, having been treated and discharged.

In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 2.61 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 4.56 per cent.

There has been 1,804 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 11.55 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.32 per cent.

As of today, May 8, some 71.22 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections in Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to May 8
Asean COVID-19 update to May 8 Stella-maris Ewudolu

Global COVID-19 cases up to May 8

In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT May 8, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 2.52 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 3,913,643 an increase of 96,261.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 2.11 per cent DoD to 270,426, an increase of 5,589, the majority, 2,129, in the USA.

China reported two new infections bringing the official case count there to 82,885, with 295 current active cases and 77,957 recovered patients. There has been 4,633 deaths from SARS-CoV-2 in China.

In comparison the USA yesterday reported 29,531 new infections to bring the active caseload there to 998,445. There has been 1,292,623 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections recorded in the USA and 76,928 deaths. Only 16.81 per cent of all US cases have recovered.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally rose by 41,868, or 3.22 per cent, over the day prior to 1,341,213.

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 319,000 deaths.

In the past seven days 36,602 people have died from COVID-19 related illnesses.

COVID-19 global tally to May 8
COVID-19 global tally to May 8 John Le Fevre

Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to May 8

COVID-19 global deaths to May 8
COVID-19 global deaths to May 8 Digital Editor

Global COVID-19 overview up to May 8

As of 01:16 GMT May 8 there was 2,304,072 active cases of COVID-19 globally, and increase of 2.07 per cent on the day prior, of which some 2.12 per cent, or 48,958 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 16.79 per cent. On March 15 the CMR for completed cases was eight per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 6.91 per cent.

As of May 8, some 58.87 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 34.27 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to May 8
COVID-19 global snapshot to May 8 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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