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Asean sees 22,650 new Covid-19 cases and over 400 deaths


Covid-19 cases in Southeast Asia continued to show an increase on Friday, although the number of deaths dropped in comparison with Thursday.

Asean saw 22,650 new cases on Friday, higher than Thursday’s 21,952, while 412 deaths were reported, down from the previous day’s 445.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in the region since the outbreak crossed 3.79 million, while the death toll rose to 75,179.

Malaysia reported more than 6,000 new cases for the third consecutive day, with 6,258 patients testing positive on Friday, pushing cumulative cases in the country to 498,795. With 50 more deaths on Friday, total fatalities in Malaysia rose to 2,149.

The Malaysian government planned to announce stricter lockdown measures on Saturday as daily infections had been rising.

Vietnam reported 132 new infections and two deaths, bringing cumulative cases in the country to 4,941, with 41 deaths. So far 2,689 people have been cured and discharged.

Ho Chi Minh city announced tighter quarantine measures after new cluster cases with unknown origin emerged in a community.

Published : May 22, 2021

By : THE NATION