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(This article will be updated continuously. It was originally published on January 28, 2020. It was last updated on October 4, 2021)

Details of COVID-19 availability in all ten ASEAN countries and another 30 Asian nations.

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ASEAN coronavirus updates (Live updates by country)

Brunei

Brunei has joined the global Covax scheme and is expecting to have the COVID-19 vaccine in Q1 2021, having sourced enough supplies to cover 50% of the population. Discussions are on-going with other suppliers.   

  • Brunei reported 188 new cases and four deaths on October 4, bringing the totals to 7,904 cases and 60 deaths.
  • Brunei recorded 148 new cases and one death on October 3, taking the tallies to 7,716 cases and 56 deaths.
  • Brunei saw 242 new cases and five deaths on October 2, bringing the totals to 7,568 cases and 55 deaths.

Cambodia

Cambodia is expected to import vaccines from both China and Russia. China’s vaccines are still undergoing clinical trials while Russia has already commenced production. Australia has offered financial support to aid vaccine coverage in several southeast Asia countries including Cambodia.  

  • Cambodia recorded 219 new cases and 23 deaths on October 4, taking the totals to 113,475 cases and 2,406 deaths.
  • Cambodia reported 199 new cases and 23 deaths on October 3, bringing the tallies to 113,256 cases and 2,383 deaths.
  • Cambodia saw 174 new cases and 24 deaths on October 2, taking the totals to 113,057 cases and 2,360 deaths.

Indonesia

Indonesia has commenced vaccinations with just over nine million doses being given to front line workers from last month. China’s Sinovac is in discussions with Indonesia to provide supplies, however, the Government faces difficulties with a large population of 270 million. Indonesia’s Health Ministry’s Disease Control and Prevention Director-General Achmad Yurianto said that vaccinations would only be provided to citizens aged 18-59. The vaccine has also been required to pass halal certification prior to use and it is uncertain how the country can source enough vaccines to reach a sizeable part of its population. 

  • Indonesia saw 922 new cases and 88 deaths on October 4, taking the totals to 4,220,206 cases and 142,261 deaths.
  • Indonesia recorded 1,142 new cases and 58 deaths on October 3, bringing the tallies to 4,219,284 cases and 142,173 deaths.
  • Indonesia reported 1,414 new cases and 89 deaths on October 2, taking the totals to 4,218,142 cases and 142,115 deaths.

Laos

Laos has been trialing the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and is also in discussions with China about acquiring supplies.  

  • Laos saw 307 new cases on October 4, taking the tallies to 25,524 cases and 22 deaths.
  • Laos recorded 301 new cases and two deaths on October 3, taking the totals to 25,217 cases and 22 deaths.
  • Laos reported 606 new cases and one death on October 2, bringing the tallies to 24,916 cases and 21 deaths.

Malaysia

Malaysia is to provide vaccines free of charge to its nationals, but foreigners will need to pay for the treatment, according to the Malaysian Minister of Health, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who has signed a deal with Pfizer for 12.8 million doses. These will be administered in two stages of 6.4 million people each, with the program to commence in Q1 2021. The country aims to inoculate between 80-100% of its citizens. 

  • Malaysia saw 9,066 new cases and 118 deaths on October 3, bringing the totals to 2,277,565 cases and 26,683 deaths.
  • Malaysia recorded 10,915 new cases and 109 deaths on October 2, taking the tallies to 2,268,499 cases and 26,565 deaths.
  • Malaysia reported 11,889 new cases and 121 deaths on October 1, bringing the totals to 2,257,584 cases and 26,456 deaths.

Myanmar

Myanmar is seeking assistance from the Gavi and Covax programs to acquire vaccines, while Australia is also providing financial relief. At present, the Government aims to treat 20 percent of the ‘most at risk’ in the country with vaccines. The Government is struggling with finances and logistics and is also under US sanctions, while cases are surging. The Government has banned the celebration of Christmas and other seasonal celebrations.   

  • Myanmar saw 1,194 new cases and 48 deaths on October 3, bringing the totals to 468,463 cases and 17,883 deaths.
  • Myanmar reported 1,347 new cases and 46 deaths on October 2, taking the tallies to 467,269 cases and 17,835 deaths.
  • Myanmar recorded 1,846 new cases and 54 deaths on October 1, bringing the totals to 465,922 cases and 17,789 deaths.

Philippines

The Philippines aims to commence vaccinations from June 2021 and expects to inoculate about 25 million people (about 25 percent of its population) over the course of the year. The country has been badly affected by the virus and has the second-highest rate in Southeast Asia. The business community has reacted, more than 30 local companies signed an agreement to purchase at least 2.6 million vaccine doses from AstraZeneca in the country’s first such deal to secure coronavirus vaccines, ten days ago. They plan to donate a large part of the doses to the government for its planned vaccination program and use the rest to inoculate their employees. 

  • The Philippines recorded 10,748 new cases and 61 deaths on October 4, bringing the totals to 2,604,040 cases and 38,828 deaths.
  • The Philippines reported 13,273 new cases and 112 deaths on October 3, taking the tallies to 2,593,399 cases and 38,768 deaths.
  • The Philippines saw 14,786 new cases and 164 deaths on October 2, bringing the totals to 2,580,173 cases and 38,656 deaths.

Singapore

Singapore has been working on producing its own ‘Lunar’ vaccine, in a joint venture between the US company Arcturus together with the Duke-NUS medical school. It is a single dose, mRNA shot, developed from genetically engineering COVID-19 genes into an otherwise harmless virus. This technique is marginally safer than other vaccines which rely on dead Covid-19 material to provoke an immune response. The vaccine is expected to be available from Q1 2021. High-risk personnel will receive the vaccine first in a process to be determined by the government.     

  • Singapore saw 2,057 new cases and six deaths on October 3, taking the totals to 103,843 cases and 113 deaths.
  • Singapore reported 2,356 new cases and four deaths on October 2, bringing the tallies to 101,786 cases and 107 deaths.
  • Singapore recorded 2,909 new cases and eight deaths on October 1, taking the totals to 99,430 cases and 103 deaths.

Thailand

Thailand is currently expecting vaccines to be delivered in mid-2021. The doses would cover 13 million people in a population of about 69 million. Thailand’s National Vaccine Institute signed a non-refundable advance market commitment contract worth 2.38 billion baht (US$79 million) with AstraZeneca to reserve the supplies. Discussions are also on-going with Oxford University in the UK to secure a vaccine that could be available in Q1 if trials are completed in time.   

  • Thailand reported 9,930 new cases and 97 deaths on October 4, bringing the totals to 1,647,362 cases and 17,111 deaths.
  • Thailand saw 10,828 new cases and 77 deaths on October 3, taking the tallies to 1,637,432 cases and 17,014 deaths.
  • Thailand recorded 11,375 new cases and 87 deaths on October 2, bringing the totals to 1,626,604 cases and 16,937 deaths.

 

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