COVID-19 THE “PLAGUE”: Day 137: ASIA UPDATES- YANGON- Myanmar COVID-19 cases surge to 38


Quarantine period increased to 21, commercial flight arrivals suspended until April 30: DASSK



BRUNEI-No new cases, five more recover from COVID-19

Brunei Darussalam recorded no new COVID-19 cases yesterday with the total number in the country standing at 136. Five more cases treated at the National Isolation Centre have recovered and were allowed to go home. This brings the…… James Kon. READ MORE:

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia- Two new COVID-19 positive cases bring total to 122.

Doctors with health records of people who have been tested for COVID-19. Photo suppled

Two new COVID-19 positive cases were reported by the Ministry of Health this morning.

They are a 24 year old female Vietnamese national and her 50 year old Canadian husband.

They are a 24 year old female Vietnamese national and her 50 year old Canadian husband.

Both are currently admitted to the Chak Angre Krom commune. They were tested positive on Friday.

The two new positive cases brings the total number of foreigners infected by COVID-19 to 71, comprising 40 French nationals, 13 Malaysians, five British, three Chinese, three Vietnamese, two Americans, two Indonesians, two Canadians, and a Belgian.

Of them, 77 have been successfully cured with one case of relapse involving a Cambodian male.



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JAKARTA- Indonesia Reports 330 New Cases as Covid-19 Outbreak Yet to Slow

Jakarta. Indonesia reported 330 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours on Saturday, the second highest rise in a day, to bring the total cases to 3,842.

The alarming pace is exacerbated by the fact that fatalities continue to beat the number of patients recovering from the infectious illness, as 21 patients died to the total death toll of 327.

On the other hand, only four patients recovered on Saturday and accumulatively only 286 patients across the country have been discharged from hospitals.

“The disease continues to spread due to a lack of discipline among the people to observe physical distancing, to wear face masks and to wash their hands more often,” the government’s Covid-19 Task Force spokesman Achmad Yurianto said in a video conference in Jakarta.

The country of more than 272 million people is also lacking of extensive tests, with Achmad saying only close to 20,000 tests have been conducted so far.

Achmad also warned of another imminent threat to public health namely the seasonal dengue fever outbreak as summer is arriving.

The outbreak has now affected all 34 provinces across the archipelago, after Gorontalo in the northern part of Sulawesi island reported its first confirmed case on Thursday.

Jakarta, the epicenter of the Indonesian outbreak, has 1,984 confirmed cases as of Saturday, more that 50 percent of the national tally.

South Sulawesi has 178 cases, the highest outside provinces on most-densely-populated Java island. It even has more cases than Central Java, which reported 144 confirmed cases.

A Muslim pilgrimage involving hundreds of people including foreigners in Gowa several weeks ago is believed to be the source of local transmission in South Sulawesi, where most patients were linked to the gathering.

Youngest Patient

Meanwhile, a 1-week-old baby in Cianjur, West Java, was treated as a Covid-19 patient and placed under isolation for developing related symptoms. She may become the country’s youngest Covid-19 patient if a subsequent test comes back positive. The baby allegedly caught the disease from her mother, who died shortly after giving birth to twins.

“The baby girl developed the symptoms and she allegedly contracted the disease from her mother, a resident in Cijati sub-district who died after a rapid test indicated that she was positive of Covid-19,” local health official Yusman Faisal told Antara news agency.

The baby’s twin died during the delivery, Yusman said. The baby is being treated at a hospital in the provincial capital, Bandung. BY :HERU ANDRIYANTO




VIENTIANE, Laos- Taskforce urges public to avoid parties as COVID-19 cases hit 18.

The National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Saturday urged members of the public to avoid parties during the Lao New Year break as this could lead to a rapid increase in virus cases.

.Associate Prof. Dr Phouthone announces two more COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 18.


Next week will be the Lao New Year festival, and we [the committee] would like to call on everyone to pay great attention to the implementation of the PM’s order No. 6,” the committee Deputy Head, Associate Prof. Dr Phouthone Muongpak said at a COVID-19 update press conference on Saturday.

“The order emphasises the need for people not to travel, stay at their residences as much as possible, practise social distancing, avoid large parties as well as stay away from religious ceremonies, which many people attend,” he said.

Associate Prof. Dr Phouthone, who is also Deputy Minister of Health, made the public appeal after announcing two more confirmed COVID-19 cases in Laos at a media conference in Vientiane on April 11 bringing the total verified infections to 18.

One of the two latest cases involves a 32-year-old woman who shares the same accommodation building with the 16th case in Nongduangthong village. On April 4, she also dined with the 16th case along with two other friends.

The 17th case began to develop flu-like symptoms on April 7, including fever, cough and body aches. She did not seek medical treatment but self-medicated to relieve her symptoms. On top of that, she also dined with four other friends.

On April 8 and 9, she continued to suffer the symptoms and rested at home.

On April 10, Lao authorities took her to hospital for testing after the 16th case revealed the names of those she had been in close contact with. The test result was positive, and she was put in hospital isolation for further treatment.

The 18th case is a 32-year-old woman who was in close contact with the 17th case and authorities took both to hospital at the same time.

Associate Prof. Dr Phouthone said the latest two COVID-19 infections indicated that some people were oblivious to the dangers of the deadly virus and the committee’s rules.

He also said some individuals suspected of being infected with the virus did not self-isolate while many people went out and dined with friends. He said such behaviour could lead to an expansion of coronavirus cases.

According to Associate Prof. Dr Phouthone, the government was aware of the situation and is expected to introduce tougher measures to control the spread of the virus in the coming days. By Ekaphone Phouthonesy
(Latest Update April 11, 2020) [07:31 PM]


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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia- No new red one

Covid-19: No new red zone

KUALA LUMPUR: Twenty districts are still categorised as red zone Covid-19 areas as at noon yesterday, with Lembah Pantai recording the highest number of positive cases, according to the Health Ministry’s (MOH) Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC).

Based on the CPRC’s infographic, which is shared through MOH’s official social media today, a total of 459 Covid-19 positive cases have been recorded in the Lembah Pantai district, followed by Hulu Langat and Petaling with 378 and 335 cases, respectively.

The red zone category is for areas with more than 41 Covid-19 positive cases, orange zone (20-40 cases), yellow zone (1-19 cases) green zone (no case).

Selangor still recorded the highest number of Covid-19 positive cases, totalling 1,183, while Labuan has the lowest with 15 cases.

Meanwhile, Malaysia remained at 34th place in the list of countries affected by the Covid-19 pandemic yesterday (April 11), with 4,530 positive cases and 73 deaths.

Following is the list of red zone locations in Malaysia:


Hilir Perak — 66

Kinta — 98


Sepang — 61

Petaling — 335

Hulu Langat — 378

Gombak — 125

Klang — 169

Hulu Selangor — 45

Kuala Lumpur

Cheras — 69

Kepong — 119

Lembah Pantai — 459

Titiwangsa — 112

Putrajaya — 51

Negri Sembilan

Seremban — 213

Rembau — 53


Jasin — 67

Melaka Tengah — 46


Kuantan — 76

Jerantut — 64


Batu Pahat — 51

Kluang — 183

Johor Baru — 176


Kota Baru — 88


Kuching — 215

Kota Samarahan — 47


Tawau — 70

TOTAL— 3,436

Meanwhile, five districts have recorded number of Covid-19 positive cases nearing the red zone category. They are Muar (40 cases), Seberang Prai Tengah and Lahad Datu (38 cases each), as well as Kuala Muda and Kota Kinabalu (35 cases each).

As of yesterday, a total of 1,696,323 Covid-19 were recorded worldwide, with 102,672 deaths. — Bernama


YANGON- Myanmar COVID-19 cases surge to 38

Myanmar military personnel wearing PPE suits carry foods to serve people who are in quarantine at a community quarantine centre facilitated by Tatmadaw, in Yangon, on April 9. Photo: EPA


Myanmar health authorities reported seven new COVID-19 patients on April12, bringing to 38 the total number of people infected with the deadly disease in the country.

The new patients are from Yangon Region, one from Hllegu township and six from Insein township, records from the Health Ministry showed.

The infected persons have no travel histories abroad during the past 14 days. They also did not have contact with people who recently traveled abroad.

One of the confirmed new COVID-19 patients (Case 32) is a 38-year-old man who lives in Hlegu township. He worked in China and returned to the country three months ago.

He developed symptoms of the disease, including fever, and coughing on March 23 and admitted at Hlegu General Hospital on March 28.

Another patient (Cased 33) is a 29-year-old woman from Shwe Pyi Thar township in Yangon who developed COVID-19 symptoms on April 7 and sought treatment at Insein General Hospital on April 10.

A 20-year-old man (Case 34), who lives in Insein township was also among those diagnosed with the disease. He suffered from fever and throat pain on April 8 and admitted in Insein General Hospital two days later.

Another victim (Case 35), a 24-year-old man from Insein, was admitted at Insein General Hospital on April 10 after experiencing throat pain and difficulty in breathing two days earlier.

The 5th new case (Case 36) is a 33-year-old man, also a resident of Insein, who suffered fever, running nose, and throat pain on April 8 and also admitted at Insein General Hospital two days later.

The 6th new case (Case 37) is that of a 44-year-old man, also an Insein resident, who was admitted at the Insein General Hospital on April 10 after two days of fever, runny nose, and throat pain.

The 7th new COVID-19 patient (Cased 38) is a 78-year-old woman, also from Insein, who developed fever, cough, and diarrhoea on March 26 and admitted at the Insein General Hospital as a person under investigation on April 10.

The ministry said three of the victims, cases 34, 35, and 37, recently attended a religious ceremony, together with some foreigners who have no recent travel abroad.

All the seven patients will be transferred to Wai Bar Gi Hospital in Yangon for treatment. So far, they are in good health.

The Health Ministry tested 220 other persons suspected to be infected with the deadly virus, but all the results were negative, according to the National Health Laboratory.

Out of the 38 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, three died, and two made full recoveries./ AUNG PHAY KYI SOE

Frontline doctor among three new COVID-19 cases in Myanmar



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MANILA- PH records 247 more COVID-19 cases; total now at 4,428.

Asymptomatic cases excluded in DOH’s new COVID-19 classifications

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines now has 4,428 total cases of coronavirus disease after recording 233 new cases, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday.

Data from DOH released at 4 p.m. also showed that 26 more patients have died from the disease, bringing the COVID-19 death toll in the country to 247.

(as of April 11, 2020 – 4:00 PM)
The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 as a pandemic which now has more than 1.6 million cases globally including more than 377,000 recoveries and more than 102,000 deaths, according to data from John Hopkins University.

SINGAPORE- 191 new cases of infection in Singapore, 90-year-old man becomes 8th death

A 90 year-old Singaporean man has also died from complications due to the infection.
A 90-year-old Singaporean man has also died from complications due to the infection.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

SINGAPORE – Singapore reported 191 new cases of Covid-19 infection on Saturday (April 11).

This means there are now 2,299 cases here, according to latest figures released by the Ministry of Health (MOH).

A 90-year-old Singaporean man has also died from complications due to the infection, the eighth such death here.

He was Case 1,142 and was a locally transmitted and unlinked case. He was confirmed to have the coronavirus on April 3 and was warded at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.

Three newly identified clusters, all at foreign worker dormitories – Westlite Woodlands dormitory, North Coast Lodge and Cassia @ Penjuru –  were reported as well.

Most of the new cases announced on Saturday are, for now, unlinked to previously known cases or clusters. Contact tracing is underway for these 119 cases.

There are 52 cases linked to known clusters, while 20 are linked to other cases. No imported cases were reported.

Another 35 patients have also been discharged.

To date, a total of 528 cases have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities.

Of the 943 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving, while 31 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

The Westlite Woodlands dormitory was identified as a new Covid-19 cluster on April 11, 2020. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM GOOGLE MAPS

A total of 820 cases who are clinically well but still test positive for Covid-19 are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

As of 12pm on Saturday, MOH has identified 26,189 close contacts who have been quarantined.

Of these, 10,757 are currently quarantined and 15,432 have completed their quarantine.

Earlier on Saturday, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) issued an advisory to employers of foreign workers to ensure that the workers continue to receive their salaries during the circuit breaker period.

All employers with workers residing in dormitories are now required to pay salaries electronically, through Giro or direct bank transfer. They also have to make a declaration by April 15, 11.59pm that they will do so by the next salary payment due date.

The ministry said that 76 per cent of employers are already paying workers electronically, while the remaining 24 per cent are now required to shift to electronic payments.

In a separate statement, MOM said on Saturday that within 48 hours, the food distribution, cleanliness and hygiene standards were stabilised at two dormitories recently gazetted as isolation areas.

Sungei Tengah Lodge Dormitory and Tampines Dormitory were gazetted on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, days after three other dormitories were also declared as such, following an increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases among the workers there.

MOM said that the inter-agency task force it leads was able to quickly normalise operations and living conditions after gleaning experience from managing the first three dormitories.

It added that it would continue to reduce the number of workers in each dormitory in order to implement effective safe distancing measures within the dormitories.

Earlier on Saturday, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said all commuters will soon be required to wear masks on public transport to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Enterprise Singapore and the Singapore Tourism Board said that all customers visiting supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies and shopping malls must wear masks from Sunday, or they will be denied entry.

The Singapore Food Agency also said that all workers engaged in the sale and preparation of food and drinks will be required to wear masks or other forms of physical barriers from Monday.

On Friday, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said that from Sunday, those who do not wear a mask will be turned away at the 39 markets managed by the NEA or NEA-appointed operators./  Goh Yan Han



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BANGKOK- Thailand reports 33 new coronavirus cases, 3 deaths Sunday

A woman wearing a protective face mask rides her cart during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Bangkok on Saturday. (Reuters photo)

A woman wearing a protective face mask rides her cart during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Bangkok on Saturday. (Reuters photo)


Thailand reported 33 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, for a total of 2,551 cases, as well as three more deaths, taking the nation’s toll to 38.

Two Thai men aged 74 and 44, and a woman aged 65 died, said Taweesilp Visanuyothin, a spokesman for the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

The number of confirmed new cases was lower than the 45 recorded on Saturday, and marks the fifth straight day of declines since the 111 recorded on April 8. Because a relatively small number of people have been tested, however, it is impossible to say how far and how fast the virus is spreading, and it is essential to maintain frequent hand washing — for 20 seconds — and social distancing. The peak number of confirmed cases so far was the 188 recorded on March 22.

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Bangkok reported the most new infections — 14 — followed by Yala (5), Phuket (4), Pattana (3), Narathiwat and Samut Songkram (2 each). Chon Buri, Loei and Nakhon Si Thammarat each recorded one new case. A second case was recorded in Nakhon Phanom over the weekend.

The country has found virus cases in 68 provinces. Ang Thong, Bung Karn, Chai Nat, Kamphaeng Phet, Nan, Phichit, Ranong, Sing Buri and Trat have yet to report infections, according to the CCSA.

As the traditional Thai New Year will start on Monday, Dr Taweesilp called for no water splashing as it would spread the virus in the country.

The centre is not imposing a water celebration ban, he said, but is asking everyone to cooperate by not returning to their homes, pouring water to pay respects to the elderly and suspending all religious activities at temples.

The centre on Friday warned of legal action against social gatherings during the Thai Lunar New Year as the country is under the Emergency Decree.

Violators of the prohibition on social gatherings are liable to a fine of up to 100,000 baht and/or a one-year jail term.

The government has deferred the official holidays previously scheduled from Monday to Wednesday. New dates have yet to be decided.


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HA NOI, Viet Nam- No new cases of COVID-19, total remains at 258.

A medical worker takes samples for SARS-CoV-2 tests in Hạ Lôi Village, Mê Linh Commune, Mê Linh District in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Quyết

HÀ NỘI — No new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Sunday morning.

The total number of patients who have tested positive nationwide remains at 258, says the Ministry of Health’s latest report.

At present, more than 72,500 people are under quarantine at different locations including hospitals, their homes and specialist centres.

So far 144 out of the 258 people with the virus have made a full recovery.

Yesterday just one case was recorded, a 47-year-old woman from Hạ Lôi Village, Mê Linh Commune, Mê Linh District in Hà Nội.

There are currently 114 patients undergoing treatment. Thirteen of them tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 virus for the first time and 12 of them were tested negative for the second time.

The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 prevention and control on Saturday sent an urgent letter to provincial and municipal departments of health urging them to properly prepare for testing.

A total of 110 laboratories across the country have been recognised as having the ability for the analyse test results. — VNS




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