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COVID-19 in ASEAN through October 17: The whole bloc exceeded 20,000 deaths, Malaysia was ‘hot’


Measurement of temperature for prevention of COVID1-19 infection at Don Mueang airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on 12/10/2020. Photo: AFP / VNA

According to the statistics page worldometer.info, by the end of October 17, ASEAN countries recorded a total of 829,793 cases of COVID-19, of which 20,178 died and 668,609 patients had recovered.

Indonesia continues to lead the region in the number of new infections, with over 4,300 cases / day. Meanwhile, Malaysia recorded a record high number of new infections in the day since the outbreak.

On October 17, Myanmar continued to record the number of new infections at 4 digits, up to nearly 35,000 cases and over 830 deaths.

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Chart of total SARS-CoV-2 virus infections and deaths in ASEAN countries as of October 17, 2020 (According to data of worldometers.info).
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Malaysia: New infections hit a record

On October 17, Malaysia reported 869 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 virus, the highest level of the day since the outbreak to date.

Malaysia has imposed a target blockade this month as the number of infections surges again, with the total by October 17 at 19,627. On the same day, the country also recorded four more deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 180 people.

The Straits Times reported that on October 17, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin ended 14 days of self-isolation because of the risk of COVID-19 infection and had twice tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin ended 14 days of quarantine because of the risk of COVID-19 infection. Photo: Reuters

The Prime Minister’s office said Muhyiddin, 73, will continue to run the daily meetings of the National Security Council online to prevent infection.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin and more than 10 cabinet ministers and deputy ministers were quarantined at home after attending a meeting in the presence of Religious Affairs Minister Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, who then had results. positive for COVID-19. Mr. Al-Bakri has recovered from the hospital in the middle of last week.

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 in danger of overload over the next few weeks as the number of COVID-19 infections continues to rise.

Myanmar: Approaching the landmark of 35,000 cases

On October 17, Myanmar recorded 1,387 new infections, bringing the total to 34,875 cases, of which 838 deaths, an increase of 39 cases compared to a day ago.

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Sampling for COVID-19 in Yangon, Myanmar on October 16, 2020. Photo: AFP / VNA

Thailand is considering shortening the quarantine period upon entry

The Department of Disease Control (DDC) of Thailand has proposed the Center for handling acute respiratory infections, COVID-19 (CCSA) to 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.

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A COVID-19 test site on Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand, October 12, 2020. Photo: AFP / VNA

The proposal to shorten the quarantine period is based on DDC monitoring data for foreigners entering and returning Thai citizens from abroad, combined with Swiss research and working status. base at. Dr. Sophon Iamsirithavorn at DDC believes that shortening the quarantine period will not affect the effectiveness of disease prevention in the country. He stated that research results show that the effectiveness of prevention is mainly in 1 to 10 days. The average incidence of COVID-19 of Thai citizens returning home is 0.63%. From April 2020 up to now, more than 116,000 Thai citizens have returned to the country and are quarantined.

Meanwhile, Thai health officials said that the country has just recorded 2 cases of COVID-19 in the first community in more than a month. The two patients were Myanmar citizens living in the area bordering Myanmar. These two patients showed no symptoms of COVID-19 but had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus on October 13.

According to statistics site worldometers.info, to date Thailand has more than 3,600 cases of COVID-19, of which 59 have died.

Philippines: An additional 2,673 new cases, over 6,600 people died

The Philippines Ministry of Health confirmed on October 17 that the country had 2,673 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 354,338 cases, of which 6,603 died, an increase of 73 cases compared to a day ago.

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View of the interior of a COVID-19 patient isolation facility in Manila, Philippines, September 29, 2020. Photo: THX / TTXVN

The ministry also announced that 539 more patients have recovered, bringing the total number of people discharged to date is 295,312 cases. Of the cases, 84.7% were mildly symptomatic, 11% were asymptomatic, 1.5% had severe symptoms and 2.9% were critical.

On October 16, the Philippine government announced the relaxation of restrictions on local and overseas travel. The Philippines now allows 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.

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A cyclist wears an epidemic mask in Quezon City on October 15, 2020. Photo: The Star




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