Asean sees rise in Covid-19 patients, but fewer deaths
The number of new Covid-19 cases in the Asean region on Saturday was higher than on the previous day, but fatalities were lower. Vietnam, meanwhile, reported its first death from Covid-19 since September last year.
Asean on Saturday had 16,990 cases compared to 16,350 on Friday. The number of Covid-19-related fatalities on Saturday was 299 compared to 314 the previous day.
Malaysia reported 4,140 new patients and 44 deaths, bringing cumulative patients and deaths in the country to 466,330 and 1,866 respectively.
The Malaysian government asked people who did not have travel plans to get their Covid-19 jab immediately to prevent risk of the virus spreading after the country saw record number of deaths on a single day.
Singapore reported 31 new patients, bringing cumulative cases in the country to 61,536, while 61,047 had recovered and been discharged. Changi Airport, meanwhile, launched measures to arrange passengers based on the Covid-19 situation in each country to ensure the safety of passengers.
Vietnam reported 169 new patients, the highest in a day, bringing cumulative cases in the country to 3,985, while 2,668 had recovered and been discharged. The country's first fatality was an 89-year-old woman who had diabetes and high blood pressure.