COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 9 — Philippines sees first fall in active cases; 1 mln infections globally every 12 days

COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 9 — Philippines sees first fall in active cases; 1 mln infections globally every 12 days
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As of 00:47 GMT May 9 there was 39,251 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 606, or 1.57 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 143, or 0.36 per cent, are classified as serious or critical. An additional 671 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 13 people succumbing to the SARS-CoV-2 virus to bring fatalities there to 943. Active cases rose to 9,675 with the addition of 336 new infections. Following successful treatment and negative tests, 113 people were sent home.

The Philippines yesterday recorded 11 deaths, pushing COVID-19 fatalities there to 696, while 120 new cases and 116 discharges saw active infections fall there for the first time, dropping to 8,033, of which 31 are said to be serious or critical.

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

In Singapore yesterday 768 new cases saw active infections climb to 19,647, of which 22 are reportedly in serious or critical condition. Following treatment 328 people went home.

Malaysia yesterday recorded 68 new infections and 88 discharges causing the active caseload to fall to 1,564, of which 18 are classified as serious or critical.

In Thailand active cases fell to 161, of which 61 are rated as in a serious or critical condition, on the back of eight fresh COVID-19 cases and 12 discharges. Meanwhile, in Myanmar, one new case and five discharges saw active infections there drop to 104.

Active COVID-19 caes in Vietnam yesterday fell to 47 on the back of eight discharges, while Brunei completed the treatment on one patient to see the caseload there drop to eight.

Ten active COVID-19 cases remain in Lao PDR and two in Cambodia, one of which is reportedly serious or critical.

Since the first Asean case was identified in Thailand on January 12 there has been 55,564 confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded in Asean member countries with 14,485 people, or about 26.07 per cent of all infections, having been treated and discharged.

In the past 24-hours the number of COVID-19 ‘survivors’ throughout Asean increased 4.86 per cent DoD, while deaths increased 1.33 per cent.

There has been 1,828 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 11.21 per cent. Based on the total number of infections the CMR is 3.29 per cent.

As of today, May 9, some 70.64 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 infections in Asean remain active.

Asean COVID-19 update to May 9
Asean COVID-19 update to May 9 Stella-maris Ewudolu

Global COVID-19 cases up to May 9

In the 24-hours to 00:01 GMT May 9, the number of new COVID-19 cases globally rose 2.48 per cent day-on-day (DoD) to 4,010,537 an increase of 96,893. It took 70 days to record the first one million infections and has taken twelve days for each subsequent one million infections after that.

The number of deaths globally attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24-hours increased by 2.05 per cent DoD to 275,960, an increase of 5,534, the majority, 1,671, in the USA.

China reported one new infection bringing the official case count there to 82,886 with 260 current active cases and 77,993 recovered patients. There has been 4,633 deaths from SARS-CoV-2 in China.

In comparison the USA yesterday reported 29,043 new infections to bring the active caseload there to 1,019,489. There has been 1,321,666 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections recorded in the USA and 78,599 deaths. Only 16.92 per cent of all US cases have recovered.

Meanwhile, the number of people treated and discharged globally rose by 41,133, or 3.07 per cent, over the day prior to 1,382,346.

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 318,000 deaths.

In the past seven days 36,502 people have died from COVID-19 related illnesses.

COVID-19 global tally to May 9
COVID-19 global tally to May 9 John Le Fevre

Global COVID-19 top 30 countries with the most deaths up to May 9

COVID-19 global deaths to May 9
COVID-19 global deaths to May 9 Digital Editor

Global COVID-19 overview up to May 9

As of 00:47 GMT May 9 there was 2,352,231 active cases of COVID-19 globally, an increase of 2.09 per cent on the day prior, of which some 2.07 per cent, or 48,664 people, are classified as in a serious or critical condition.

Based on completed cases (number of discharged + number of dead), the current CMR is 16.64 per cent. On March 15 the CMR for completed cases was eight per cent. As a percentage of total infections the CMR today is 6.88 per cent.

As of May 9, some 58.65 per cent of all diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections remain active, while 32.95 per cent of all diagnosed cases have recovered.

COVID-19 global snapshot to May 9
COVID-19 global snapshot to May 9 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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