With over 25,000 new patients, Asean sees big jump in Covid cases


A healthworker registers a boy who has tested positive for Covid-19 before he is sent to a hospital, in Bangkok, Thailand May 17, 2021. - Reuters

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN): Asean countries saw a steep rise in Covid-19 cases on Monday (May 17), with 25,006 new patients compared to Sunday’s 15,568.

The total number of Covid-19 cases since the pandemic crossed 3.71 million across Southeast Asia.

The region also saw more deaths with 360 Covid-19 patients succumbing on Monday, up sharply from Sunday’s 229. Total deaths in Asean from Covid-19 have risen to 73,568.

Thailand had the highest number of new cases in Asean on Monday, mostly from cluster cases in prisons. With 9,635 cases and 25 deaths, Thailand's cumulative total climbed up to 111,082, while 614 have died so far.

Other countries in the region, except Singapore and Vietnam, also reported higher infections on Monday.

Vietnam reported 184 new cases, only slightly lower than Sunday’s 190 which was the highest number of infections the country had seen on a single day.

Brunei was the only country in Asean to report no new cases on Monday. Cumulative cases in the country totalled 232 with three deaths so far. - The Nation/Asia News Network

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