The novel coronavirus has spread across Southeast Asia and one of the countries reeling from the virus is Malaysia as the government's health arm detected five "generations" of CoVID-19 cases.
Tabligh Assembly in Malaysia Has Around 5 Generations of Infection
Malaysia's Health Ministry late Thursday said it has detected five "generations" of CoVID-19 cases from the tabligh assembly that infected hundreds of people from around the world, mostly in Malaysia.
According to The Star, Malaysian health director-general Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 711 confirmed coronavirus cases linked to the said gathering have infected their families, marking what could be one of the biggest infection clusters in the world.
Around 55 percent of Malaysia's total infected cases are linked to the gathering in question and according to the health ministry, the positive cases infected not just their families but also their neighbors. The neighbors then infected their friends, based on the tracing system.
Malaysia now has a total of 2,031 confirmed coronavirus cases so far. The health agency has tested 13,762 tabligh assembly participants.
DepEd Official Who Attended National Event Tests Positive
The Philippines' Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday announced that one of its school division officials who was at a recent national event for students has contracted the novel coronavirus, ABS-CBN News reported.
The DepEd said the official who tested CoVID-19 positive appeared at some events during the National Festival of Talents earlier this month and his test results came in on Wednesday.
So far, none of the said official's colleagues have tested positive but a "small number of participants" who were also present at the national school meet have been recognized as patients under investigation (PUIs).
As of Friday, the Philippines recorded a total of 707 confirmed CoVID-19 cases and 45 deaths. 28 patients have since recovered from the disease.
Indonesia Reports 20 New Deaths
Indonesian Health Ministry official Achmad Yurianto said on Thursday that Indonesia saw 20 new CoVID-19 deaths, bringing the country's total to 78.
According to Reuters, the country also saw 103 new coronavirus cases. The country now has a total of 893 confirmed cases and 35 recovered patients.
On Friday, the Financial Services Authority (OJK) said it will extend loan payment deadlines for smaller and medium business for up to 12 months as part of the government's economic action plan.
Cambodia's New CoVID-19 Cases Double
Cambodia's new coronavirus cases have doubled as 12 new patients were added to the country's total of infected people. The country now has 24 known cases, the ASEAN Briefing reported.
The news came after it was revealed earlier this week that one of Cambodia's known CoVID-19 cases is a four-month-old infant. Media reports said the French boy's father contracted the disease when he attended the tabligh gathering in Malaysia.
Ho Chi Minh Opens New Facility for Coronavirus Treatment
Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City has opened up the HCM City Oncology Hospital's District 9 medical facility as an allocated space for treating CoVID-19-infected patients, Viet Nam News reported.
Head of HCM City's Department of Health Dr Tang Chi Thuong said health divisions have been advised to ensure that there are enough medical service providers at the said facility to ensure that the workforce will not be overwhelmed as coronavirus cases in Vietnam increase.
The news came after it was revealed that 9,113 people are quarantined at the Viet Nam National University-Ho Chi Minh City, one of the designated coronavirus treatment facilities in the country.
As of Friday, Vietnam recorded a total of 153 confirmed CoVID-19 cases.
Thailand to Quarantine New Inmates
New inmates at prisons across Thailand will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine before they get assigned to their specific cells, director-general of the nation's Corrections Department Pol Col Naras Savestanan said.
According to the Bangkok Post, the Corrections Department official noted that the move was made to ensure that prisoners under high-risk groups will be protected while also preventing the spread of the CoVID-19 strain in prisons nationwide.
As of Friday, Thailand recorded a total of 1,136 confirmed coronavirus cases. Five people have died in the country.
Singapore to Slap Fines on CoVID-19 Guidelines Violators
Singaporeans, regardless of their status, will now face hefty fines should they violate any of the city-state's recently established anti-coronavirus guidelines.
Aside from fines, people who violate the rules may also face potential jail times, Channel News Asia reported. Among the rules established to prevent a second wave of CoVID-19 cases in the country are proper social distancing and staying at home.
Violators may face up to S$10,000 in fines or up to six months behind bars. The Ministry of Health (MOH) further announced that violating parties may face both of the punishments related to the government's efforts in preventing further infections.
Singapore reported a total of 631 coronavirus cases as of Thursday. New clusters were also detected on Thursday. Two people have died so far in the city-state.