The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak in Southeast Asia has worsened, with 100,000 cases reported on Friday and a record breaking number of deaths.
On Friday, 100,065 new cases were reported. The number is up from 96,174 the day before, and 2,184 deaths were confirmed, up from 2,026 the previous day.
The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) new cases in the ASEAN region surpassed 6.54 million, with 127,113 deaths.
Covid-19 cases in Indonesia and Malaysia
On Friday, Indonesia reported 49,071 cases and 1,566 deaths, bringing the total number of cases to 3,082,410, with 80,598 deaths.
Experts in Indonesian communicable illness have voiced alarm that the country’s infection rate has risen to above 30% of those tested, indicating the risk of a new virus variety spreading.
Meanwhile, Malaysia reported a dramatic increase with 15,573 new cases and 144 deaths, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 980,491 and 7,718 deaths.
Despite the country being in a countrywide lockdown for nearly two months, the infection rate reached a new high on Friday.
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has stated that the quarantine will not be lifted until the infection rate falls below 4,000 persons per day.
Source: The Nation