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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 -- The following are the updates on COVID-19 figures in Malaysia and its Southeast Asian neighbours as at 7 pm today.
In the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said about 80 percent of the new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks were from the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus areas and select highly urbanized cities (HUCs) within NCR.
The Philippine News Agency quoted DOH as saying based on the Spatio-temporal analysis of the areas and cities, 11 to 30 percent of the barangays (administrative districts) within the NCR and HUC contributed to the high new case numbers.
DOH noted that such analysis supports the move to focus on imposing granular lockdowns on selected areas rather than wide-scale lockdowns of entire provinces, highly urbanized cities, and independent component cities, which “heavily impact the livelihood of Filipinos”.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s Department of Medical Services (DMS) found about 10 to 20 per cent of Thais who recovered from COVID-19 still experience symptoms related to the infection, or known as Long COVID.
The Long COVID symptoms include fatigue, muscle pain, headache and depression following the body’s reaction or side effects from drugs administered to the patients during treatment.
Other factors such as age, obesity and daily steroid use also increase the prevalence of Long COVID symptoms.
The table below also indicates the status of some ASEAN nations including Malaysia as at 7 pm today as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on and the vaccination process is in high gear. * indicates no updates yet on the previous day’s figures.
TOTAL CONFIRMED CASES
% OF POPULATION
Meanwhile, the United States (US), India and Brazil remain the top three nations with highest total number of positive cases and fatalities. Nonetheless, many countries have been reporting a slowdown in new cases and deaths in tandem with rising vaccination numbers. -- BERNAMA
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