Southeast Asia saw 24,952 new cases on Thursday, higher than Wednesday’s 21,229, while 457 people died, up from Wednesday’s 406.
The number of Covid-19 cases in the region crossed 3.92 million while 77,190 people have died.
Malaysia reported a new high of 7,857 infections and 59 deaths on Thursday, bringing cumulative cases in the country to 541,224 and total deaths to 2,491. Nearly 40 per cent of new cases, or 2,675 patients, are from Selangor while 561 are from Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia's Ministry of Public Health said that most of the new cases were those aged 20-40 years residing in several states in the northern part of the country.
The Indonesian government, meanwhile, has confirmed that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective against Covid-19 after it was suspended since May 16 following the death of a 22- year-old man after getting a jab.
The government statement clarified that there was no connection between the vaccine and the severe reaction in the deceased recipient.
Indonesia had received 450,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine in April as part of the 3.85 million doses under the Covax programme of the World Health Organization.
Published : May 28, 2021
By : THE NATION