Latest count of Covid-19 cases in Southeast Asia

KUALA LUMPUR: The following are the updates on Covid-19 figures in Malaysia and its Southeast Asian neighbours as at 6 pm today.

Data provided by Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at John Hopkins University and some of the countries indicate a continuous surge in new cases especially in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam believed to be due to the Delta variant.

The number of new cases in Indonesia remains less than 50,000 but the number of daily fatalities hover above 1,000. It has been a muted Aidiladha celebration in Java and Bali as safety precautions and movements restrictions have been tightened.

Over the last 24 hours, Thailand too recorded more than 11,000 Covid-19 infections and has tightened the precautionary measures in 13 dark red zones, including Bangkok and four southern provinces – Pattani, Narathiwat, Yala dan Songkhla.

Myanmar has been reporting more than 5000 daily new cases and with 291 deaths on Monday. The vaccination progress appears to be slow. Media reported that Nyan Win, an ally of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi died Tuesday after becoming infected with Covid-19 in prison.

The table below also indicates the status of some ASEAN nations including Malaysia as at 6pm today as the Covid-19 pandemic rages on and the vaccination process moves into high gear.

Meanwhile, the United States (US), India and Brazil remain the top three nations with highest number of positive cases and fatalities. Nonetheless, many countries have been reporting a slowdown in new cases and deaths in tandem with rising vaccination numbers. – Bernama