According to the website worldometers.info, as of 23:59 p.m. on February 20, the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) recorded an additional 12,855 cases of COVID-19 and 411 deaths.
Thus, ASEAN countries are currently recording a total of 2,341,565 cases of COVID-19 of which 50,779 deaths and 2,053,966 patients have recovered.
In the past 24 hours, the Southeast Asia region had three countries that recorded COVID-19 deaths, of which the Philippines suddenly led with 239 cases, a sharp increase compared to the previous days, surpassing Indonesia (with 164 cases) and Malaysia with 8 deaths.
However, with 8,054 new infections, Indonesia is still witnessing a rapid rate of spread. The country continues to be the most serious outbreak of COVID-19 among ASEAN countries with over 34,300 deaths, out of a total of 1,271,353 cases.
Malaysia is still strained with 2,461 new cases on February 20. Meanwhile, Thailand is gradually controlling translation with 82 new cases; Singapore recorded only 12 more cases.
Countries Cambodia, Brunei, Timor Leste, and Laos have not recorded any new infections.
Cambodia quickly coped with wave 3
According to the Khmer Times, after Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on the morning of February 20 confirmed the third outbreak of the COVID-19 community infection in the country, the Ministry of Education of Cambodia announced new measures. combating COVID-19 in schools, including regulations avoiding concentration of more than 20 students and continuing epidemic safety standards.
The same day notice by the Ministry of Education of Cambodia asked educational officials to step up measures to prevent the COVID-19 spread and asked school administrators to report to the avoidance authorities of any cases. is related to “February 20 Community Incident”. Last month, Cambodia just started the new school year 2020-2021 in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic in this country temporarily quiet.
However, Prime Minister Hun Sen said there are currently no plans to immediately close schools or cancel events due to the third batch of community COVID-19 infection in the capital Phnom Penh, at the same time calling on people to comply. comply with safety measures proposed by the Ministry of Health and the Government of Cambodia.
On the same day, the Ministry of Health and the Phnom Penh capital government called out to all who came to the N8 Club bar on Koh Pich Island (Phnom Penh) during February 4-19 or directly involved. “Community incident on February 20” had to be isolated for 14 days and tested for SARS-CoV-2 virus at Chak Angre Medical Center in the capital.
Cambodian Health Ministry State Secretary Youk Sambath said that all involved should comply with the above request to avoid the COVID-19 epidemic spreading in communities in Phnom Penh.
On the morning of February 20, Cambodian authorities detected 32 cases of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection in the capital Phnom Penh, mainly in the Koh Pich island area and an apartment complex near the Olympic Stadium. According to preliminary information, this third wave of COVID-19 infection was linked to a number of cases in isolation at the Sokha Hotel but deliberately escaped and stayed in a series of apartments in the capital Phnom Penh.
Until 2 am February 20, a number of apartment buildings in the capital Phnom Penh and especially on the island of Koh Pich, the N8 Club bar, and restaurants near the infected area were blocked.
Indonesia extends epidemic prevention measures in Java and Bali
On the same day, Mr. Airlangga Hartarto, chairman of Indonesia’s National Economic Recovery and COVID-19 Committee, said that the country had extended restrictions on small community activities in Java. and Bali until March 8.
According to the official, the epidemic control measures have been effective, significantly reducing the infection rate. According to official statistics, the trend of new cases in five Indonesian provinces including Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Yogyakarta and East Java has tended to decrease.
Earlier, the Indonesian city government of Jakarta warned that it would fine up to 5 million rupiah ($ 356.89) for citizens who do not receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This is a high fine to force people to comply with mandatory vaccination regulations.
In the national vaccination program COVID-19 that launched last month, Indonesia has set a target to vaccinate 181.5 million of its 270 million population within 15 months.
Malaysia: Case recovery is outstripping new infections
According to the Straits Times, the number of COVID patients recovered in Malaysia is surpassing the number of new infections for the 9th consecutive day. As a result, the total number of cases under treatment has now decreased to 36,797. Before that, on February 11, the number of cases being treated in Malaysia reached a record high of 51,783.
The number of new patients is close to pre-imposition of a Movement Control (MCO) order, when the treatment case was 30,390 on Jan. 12.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Police Chief said security will be tightened to the maximum at Kuala Lumpur International Airport when the first batch of COVID vaccine arrives in the country on February 21.
Malaysia will receive 1 million doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine and the vaccination program will begin February 26.