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COVID-19 in ASEAN ends April 25: 18,500 new cases; Thai deaths to 2 numbers

A COVID testing center in Thailand. Photo: EPA-EFE

According to the website, as of 23:59 p.m. on April 25, the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) recorded an additional 18,531 cases of COVID-19 and 227 deaths, lifting The total number of cases increased to 3,306,098 and 66,304 deaths. The whole group has 2,885,816 patients recovered.

In the past 24 hours, the Southeast Asia region had 5 countries that recorded deaths from COVID-19, of which the Philippines accounted for the most with 109 cases. Indonesia recorded 94 deaths, Malaysia added 10, Thailand 11 more and Cambodia recorded 3 new deaths.

With 4,402 new infections, Indonesia recorded a total of 1,641,194 cases and 44,594 deaths, continuing to be the most serious outbreak of COVID-19 in ASEAN countries.

Meanwhile, the Philippines recorded new deaths below 10,000 but still at the highest level in the region, with 8,162 cases. The country has recorded a total of 997,523 cases, including 16,783 deaths and 903,665 recoveries.

The epidemic is happening very “hot” in Thailand as the number of new infections is far exceeding the threshold of 2,000 people / day. On April 25, the country recorded 2,438 new cases, bringing the total cases to over 55,000 cases.

The Cambodian epidemic remains unsettling with 616 new infections and 3 deaths. Meanwhile, the epidemic has also begun to spread seriously in Timor Leste and Laos, with 89 and 76 new infections each, respectively.

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Malaysia recorded nearly 5,000 students infected with COVID-19 since the beginning of the year until now. Photo: Reuters

Cambodia: The epidemic spreads in 22/25 provinces and cities

The COVID-19 epidemic has spread across 22/25 provinces and cities of Cambodia, in which Banteay Meanchey province bordering Thailand for the first time announced some epidemic hotspots. According to data released by the Ministry of Health of Cambodia on the afternoon of April 25, the number of new cases by day in this country remained at 3 digits, with 616 cases. All 616 new infections are related to the “Community Infection Incident on February 20”, including Cambodian and Chinese citizens living in the provinces of Kampong Speu, Koh Kong, Kampong Chnang, Kandal, Kampong Thom, Mondulkiri, Svay Rieng, Prey Veng, Takeo, Sihanoukville and the capital Phnom Penh.

To date, Cambodia recorded 9,975 COVID-19 patients, including 74 deaths.

In a considered unexpected development, on April 25, the Cambodian government announced to lift the ban on travel between provinces and reopen tourist destinations across the country, except for Phnom Penh and Kandal province bordering the capital is still in a blockade state as it is still considered a “Red Zone” with a severe COVID-19 infection rate.

Previously, the inter-provincial travel ban was issued by the Cambodian government on April 6 in an effort to prevent the disease from spreading.

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Check the temperature for COVID-19 infection at a market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on March 17, 2021. Photo: AFP / VNA

Regarding the progress of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the Ministry of Labor of Cambodia announced the second injection plan for workers in the textile and garment industry, which started from April 25 to May 6. Labor Ministry spokesman Heng Sour urged workers waiting for the second injection to wait patiently for their turn and to fully comply with the decree on the Phnom Penh blockade. The first vaccination campaign for Cambodian factory workers started on April 7, with some priority areas.

The death toll was 2 digits, Thailand banned entry from India

On April 25, Thailand for the first time recorded a double-digit daily number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic, while the number of new cases in the past 24 hours still exceeded 2,000.

The Center for handling COVID-19 of the Government of Thailand (CCSA) announced to record an additional 2,438 cases of COVID-19, of which only 5 cases were imported, bringing the total number of cases in Southeast Asia. This up to 55,460 cases. The CCSA also recorded 11 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of people who did not survive COVID-19 to 140.

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Medical staff took samples to test COVID-19 for people in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 21, 2021. Photo: AFP / VNA

The day before, Thailand also recorded a record high of 2,839 new cases of COVID-19 by day. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, on Facebook, said provincial governors could close public places and impose a curfew if necessary to prevent the spread of the disease.

On the same day, Thailand announced a ban on foreigners from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh from entering the Southeast Asian country to prevent the risk of infecting a newly emerging variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

In order to prevent the spread of the disease, Bangkok officials ordered the closure of places such as parks, sports halls, movie theaters and centers and kindergartens from April 26 to the end of April 9. / 5. Malls remain open, but the Association of Thai Retailers has limited opening hours in Bangkok, as well as in 17 other provinces.

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The field hospital was at a stadium in the outskirts of Bangkok on April 18, 2021. Photo: AFP

Last year, Thailand has maintained much lower cases than many other countries. However, a new outbreak, partly due to the emergence of a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus first discovered in the UK with a high rate of spread, left more than 24,000 people infected and 46 people. died in just 25 days. These figures have raised concerns about the risk of hospital bed shortages, especially when it is government policy that hospitals accept all cases that test positive for the virus for SARS-CoV-2, including asymptomatic cases.

Health officials confirmed there are still more than 20,000 beds available nationwide. To ensure adequate beds, Prime Minister Chan-o-cha said health officials are considering reducing the quarantine period for asymptomatic cases from 14 days to 10 days, with four days remaining. Must isolate themselves at home.

Thousands of new infections in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia

The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia continued to record thousands of new infections on April 25, showing that the epidemic progression in these Southeast Asian countries is still very complicated.

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Filipinos wait to receive relief food in Quezon City on April 20, 2021. Photo: Philstar

April 25, Ministry of Health Philippines The country reported 8,162 new infections, bringing the total number of COVID-19 patients here to 997,523. This is the seventh consecutive day, the Philippines has recorded a number of new cases of less than 10,000 cases / day, but the rate of infection with the virus SARS-CoV-2 is still at a case level.

Next week, the Philippine interagency anti-COVID-19 will make a decision to extend or loosen the blockade measures in the Manila metropolitan area and four high-infection provinces. It is expected that the order for the epidemic room blockade will end on April 30.

In Indonesia, the number of COVID-19 cases increased by 4,402 in just one day, bringing the total number of people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the country to 1,641,194. The capital Jakarta is still the heart of the epidemic with 896 new cases, followed by West Java 683 cases, Riau 404 cases, Bangka Belitung 263 and Central Java 247 cases. The number of patients who did not survive in the country was 44,594 after 90 more cases were recorded in the past 24 hours.

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Indonesia stopped issuing visas to foreigners who visited India within the previous 14 days. Photo: EPA-EFE

The same day, the Ministry of Health Malaysia reported that there were 2,690 new infections recorded in the last 24 hours, of which 2,680 cases were infected in the community. Also in the past 24 hours, this Southeast Asian country recorded 10 more deaths from COVID-19. To date, Malaysia has a total of 392,942 infections and 1,436 deaths due to COVID-19.

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Medical staff working at a COVID-19 vaccination site in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 7, 2021. Photo: THX / TTXVN

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