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With nearly 28,800 new Covid-19 cases, Asean sees biggest rise in over 2 weeks


Southeast Asia continued to see a rising trend in new Covid-19 cases, with Saturdays total being the highest in over two weeks.

Asean countries reported 28,781 new cases on Saturday, higher than Friday’s 27,656.

However with 456 deaths, the numbers were less than Friday’s 479.

Total Covid-19 cases in the region crossed 3.97 million since the outbreak, while the death toll rose to 78,126.

Malaysia reported 9,020 cases, a new high for the fifth consecutive day, and 98 deaths, bringing cumulative cases in the country to 558,534 and 2,650 deaths.

Malaysia's Health Ministry admitted that the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country was partly due to people's travels across states during the Ramadan festival.

Vietnam reported 286 cases on Saturday, bringing cumulative cases in the country to 6,856, while 47 have died. So far, 2,896 people have been cured and discharged.

The health minister reported that the country had detected a new coronavirus variant that is a combination of the strains found in India and the UK. He believed that the virus could spread quickly in confined areas, such as in factories.

Published : May 30, 2021

By : The Nation