Death toll remains above 500 in Asean, but slight dip in new Covid cases
The number of new Covid-19 patients in Asean countries on Saturday saw a slight drop but deaths topped 500 for the fourth successive day.
Collated data showed 24,729 new cases compared to 25,659 on Friday.
The number of Covid-linked deaths were higher at 508 compared to Friday's 506.
Total number of Covid-19 patients since the outbreak rose to 4,148,633 and deaths to 81,252.
Indonesia reported 6,594 patients and 153 deaths on Saturday, bringing cumulative cases in the country to 1,850,206 with 51,449 deaths, the highest in the region.
The Indonesian government has commenced the third phase of its vaccination drive in Jakarta, focusing on people in slums who were at risk of Covid-19 infection and could cause the virus to spread quickly.
Cambodia reported 538 cases and 10 deaths on Saturday, bringing cumulative cases in the country to 33,613 with 252 deaths.
The country's health ministry has warned people to beware of the delta variant, first found in India, in workers who had returned from Thailand. Meanwhile, curfew has been extended in Poipet, which has a border with Thailand's Sa Kaew province until June 12.