Of 8,527 new cases on October 18, Indonesia accounting for 4,105 cases. This figure shows that COVID-19 cases increased sharply in the past 24 hours in Indonesia. With these new cases, the total number of cases in Indonesia was 361,867 cases. The number of deaths is currently 12,511 – an increase of 80, while the number of recoverable cases so far is 285,324.
According to the Jakarta Post, eight policemen from the special unit deployed to handle the protest tested positive for COVID-19. Bekasi police chief, Hendra Gunawan, said eight police had symptoms of loss of smell and low fever.
Among them, 5 policemen were sampled on October 11 after handling a crowd of protesters from October 5 to 8. Three policemen took samples on October 6 and tested positive.
Contact tracking is currently underway to find out if these policemen were able to spread COVID-19 from the protest site.
In PhilippinesThe total number of COVID-19 cases also increased to 356,618 after the country’s Ministry of Health confirmed 2,379 new cases. The number of recovery cases also increased sharply to 310,158 after 14,941 patients were cured. Meanwhile, the Philippines also had an additional 50 cases that did not survive, bringing the total number of deaths caused by COVID-19 in the country to 6,652.
The Philippines’ Ministry of Health said that over 4.1 million people out of a total of about 110 million people in the country have had the test for COVID-19.
Quezon City was home to the most recent cases on October 18 with 172 cases, followed by Rizal with 147 cases, Bulacan with 136 cases.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Immigration Bureau said on October 18 that the country still prohibits foreigners from entering. Director Jaime Morente said only Filipinos, spouses and children with tourist visas are allowed to enter the country.
The Philippine government has announced the relaxation of local and overseas travel restrictions. The Philippines has allowed people to exit even for non-essential trips. Domestic travel for any purpose is allowed in areas where a modified community quarantine order is in place. In addition, the government has allowed all residents aged 15-65 to leave their homes.
Myanmar had the third highest number of cases in ASEAN on October 18 with 1,150 cases, bringing the total to 36,025 cases. The country also had 42 new deaths, bringing the total to 880.
Still in Malaysia, the COVID-19 epidemic is still heating up. October 18 is the second consecutive day the country has recorded the highest number of new cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the epidemic, with 871 cases, bringing the total to 20,498 cases.
Speaking at the press conference, Mr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, a senior official from Malaysia’s Health Minister, said that among the new cases there were 5 “imported” cases, the rest were infections in the community. In addition, the country also had seven more deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 187 deaths.
More than a third of Malaysia’s population has been placed under travel restrictions for two weeks amid a surge in infections in the country following the outbreak of a state election in Sabah. Experts have warned the health system in Sabah is at risk of overload over the next few weeks as the number of COVID-19 infections continues to rise.
Thailand also confirmed 3 additional cases of COVID-19 in the community, all of whom are relatives of two Burmese patients living in Thailand detected in the past week. According to the Center for Handling the Disease COVID-19 (CCSA) of Thailand, as of October 18, the country had a total of 3,686 cases of COVID-19 and the number of deaths remained unchanged at 59 cases.
Previously, Thailand closed the entire border between the northern province of Tak and Myanmar after five people in the Thai border town of Mae Sot tested positive for COVID-19. These five people were asymptomatic, the first community infections in Thailand since early September. All are members of a Burmese family living in Thailand.
In response to these cases, schools in Mae Sot were closed for seven days and restaurants and food stalls were only sold take-out. Fresh shops, malls and markets are still open, but temperature must be checked and social breaks are applied.
Thai officials for the past two months have tightened their northern border with Myanmar.
The Department of Disease Control (DDC) of Thailand has proposed the CCSA reduce the quarantine period for citizens returning home from 14 days to 10 days.
Expected, in next week’s meeting, DDC will officially submit this proposal to the subcommittee of CCSA in charge of monitoring COVID-19 quarantine and isolation. The subcommittee will then forward the proposal to the CCSA’s leadership for decision-making by the end of October. DDC director Opas Karnkawinpong said that if the CCSA agrees with the proposal, a new quarantine period is expected. Ants apply in the coming month.