11 May 2020 Southeast Asian Countries COVID-19 News Summary

The confirm cases in Southeast Asian were nearly 60 thousand.

As usual, Singapore has the highest number of new confirmed cases. On 11 May, the confirmed cases were less than the previous days as they had less testing due to some errors in testing equipment. The four countries, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines are the leading countries in COVID-19 outbreak. In Indonesia, the number of death toll is nearly 1000.

Thailand steadily got success as the number of new confirmed cases are stopped. Brunei, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam have no new cases. In summary, most of the Southeast Asian countries have low spreading rate and got success to a certain extent.

News Summary

Singapore

  • In Singapore, Robot Dog, made by US-Based Boston Dynamics, are patrolling and monitoring the social distancing practice of people visiting Bishan-Ang Moh Kio Park. The robot also carry loudspeaker and broadcasting the social distancing message.
  • In Singapore, 90% of the confirmed cases was come from Foreign worker dormitories. The 11% of the total confirmed cases which is more than 2,500 persons are found only in a dormitory which have 14,000 beds. One of the workers gave comments that he was not worried about the situation, but felt comfortable by top health care system, low death rate, free internet from phone, home delivery food and, most importantly, the commitment of government to pay their salaries.
  • Some horserace areas at Kranji will be temporarily converted into a facility to put the foreign workers recovered from COVID-19. This conversion process are intended to finish at the end of May.

Indonesia

  • Indonesia will produce rapid test kits, PCR and ventilators during late May 2020. They can produce approximately 100,000 per month.
  • The international Marathon to be held in Bali was canceled due to COVID-19 pandemics. This is an annual event. For 2020, the event is planned to held on August 30.
  • To be more effective in fighting COVID-19, President Joko Widodo will give more concentration on three areas; testing, returning migrant worker handling and production of Medical equipment and medication for COVID-19.
  • The most concerned case today for Indonesia is the returns of the migrant workers. Around 34,000 returnees will be back to their home country this month and next month. The president also instructed to increase the testing capacity to do surveillance of these returnees. Currently, From the testing capacity between 4000 and 5000 per day, Indonesia planned to increase testing up to 10,000 per day. The president ordered to maximize the required testing equipment and facilities, and to recruit efficient human resources necessary for scaling up the testing capacity.

Philippines

  • Confirmed cases among healthcare professionals in Philippines are near (2000). DOH reported that among these, 34 are death and no new death among healthcare professionals are seen in the past week.
  • The foreigners and all the Filipinos arriving Philippines will be tested for COVID-19. Before getting the results “negative”, they will not be allowed to go back home and need to live in the government facilities quarantine center. For oversea Filipinos, living in quarantine center will be free. But if they are non-oversea Filipinos and foreign nationals, they will have to pay themselves for testing and accommodation.

Malaysia

  • Ramadan of Muslim will be ended on May 24. Malaysia government advice for the Muslim celebrating the festival of Hari Raya Aidilfitri to follow the standard operation procedure (SOP) of the government to visit to family members and relatives only and to accept only 20 visitors at one time. This is planned for maintaining social distancing practices and for the safety of the senior citizens.
  • Malaysia volunteers make PPE at their homes to support frontline medical professionals. One of the volunteers, William Alvisse, 52 converted his family dining room to production hub for face shield. He used $1500 USD to produce face shields and donate these to the hospital across Malaysia.

Thailand

  • Thailand’s government will soon announce the list of business and leisure activities as a second phase of releasing lockdown. Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) Spokeperson Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said that the list of business to be open in May 17 as the second phase may include some types of retail stores. Government show satisfaction on the first phase releasing to a certain extent.
  • Due to COVID-19 pandemic, food delivery services became new normal for Thailand. Due to this new normal, the tonnes of plastic became a burden for Waste Management System. Though the tourists are less, resulting in 12% reduction of total waste per day, the plastic waste generated was nearly 3,000 tonnes per day.
  • COVID-19 also have huge impact on the life of elephants which are living in elephant camps and depend on the income from Tourists. As there is not tourist influx, elephant camps have no fund. So, the elephants became starving and going back to their habitat or home. Save elephant foundation promote the elephant returning home. They also comment that they will be self-sufficient at their home.
  • Due to COVID-19 outbreak, a lot of people became unemployed. Supakit started food sharing program with five free food pantries in 5 provinces. Within days, this project has expended to 44 provinces with 150 free food pantries. Supakit started this project by inspiring from US little free pantry.
  • Thailand also have sad story during COVID-19 outbreak. Anyakan was hospitalized due to swallowing rat poison. Her request to get 5000 bahts aids was denied during her worst and most difficult condition throughout her life due to COVID-19. For not getting the aids, she protested and request again in front of the finance ministry, but she was ignored again. After that, she took a few pill and fell down. This is one of the examples of economic crisis. If the government cannot solve this situations, the number of death due to economic crisis can be more than the number of death due to COVID-19.

Brunei

  • Four day in a row, no new confirmed case found in Brunei.

Myanmar

  • (391) Myanmar nationals who were in Malaysia jail for different reasons were sent back to Myanmar by the plan of Malaysia government. They were sent again to their respective state and regions and plan to put them in community-based facility quarantine for (21) days according to the guidelines of Ministry of Health and Sport, Myanmar.
  • Mandalay regional government will fine the person going out without wearing mask. Starting from May 15, they will fine those not wearing mask 5000 Kyats and will give them (2) masks to wear on the spots.
  • (22) Ministries have submitted to the cabinets to approve using 10 % of the allocated 2019-2020 budget for funding COVID-19 Economic Response Plan (CERP) which was released in April 27 and contain (10) strategies and (36) action plans.
  • The only confirmed case in Kachin state was discharged from the hospital. But he needs to live in facility quarantine for 14 days. After two weeks, show negative on follow-up visit, he will be allowed to go into the public again.

Vietnam

  • School in Vietnam are re-opened after months long closure, followed by last week partial reopening. The children were measured temperature at the school gate. Even international flight, dance club and Karaoke bars are kept banned, the re-opening of the school is the last step of lifting in containing the virus.

Cambodia

  • Cambodia have no new cases for 28 days in a row. Most of the confirmed cases are recovered now. Only 1 active cases left.

Laos

  • In Laos, the spreading is also stopped with 19 confirmed cases.

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