KUALA LUMPUR, August 13 — Covid-19 deaths in Malaysia doubled in just 36 days from a total 5,677 fatalities on July 6 to 11,373 cumulative deaths on August 11.
According to global data tracker Our World In Data, Malaysia’s rate of increase in coronavirus-related deaths was the 11th fastest globally, behind Vietnam in second position, Myanmar (fifth), Thailand (sixth), Laos (seventh), and Cambodia (10th).
However, those Asean neighbours, except Myanmar with 12,452 confirmed deaths by August 11, recorded much fewer total Covid-19 fatalities than Malaysia despite their quicker doubling rates.
Vietnam’s confirmed Covid-19 deaths doubled in eight days to 4,487 cumulative fatalities by August 11, followed by Myanmar’s doubling rate of 20 days to 12,452 total deaths, Thailand (doubled in 24 days to 6,795 total deaths), Laos (doubled in 25 days to eight total deaths), and Cambodia (doubled in 35 days to 1,614 total deaths).
Among the top 11 countries with the fastest doubling time of total Covid-19 deaths, Malaysia recorded the second-highest cumulative fatalities at 11,373, behind Myanmar’s 12,452 by August 11. Other nations in the top 11 reported total Covid-19 deaths below 7,000, with a few in triple, double or single digits.
On a per capita basis, Malaysia reported the world’s eighth highest daily new Covid-19 deaths on August 11 at 6.7 fatalities per one million people, based on a rolling seven-day average.
According to Our World In Data, Malaysia’s total Covid-19 cases doubled in just 59 days from 657,535 cases on June 13 to 1.32 million cases on August 11, the 17th fastest rate around the world.
Cumulative coronavirus infections doubled faster in Vietnam (15 days), Laos (19 days), Thailand (24 days), Myanmar (37 days), and Cambodia (54 days).
However, those Asean nations reported far fewer total Covid-19 cases by August 11 compared to Malaysia’s 1.32 million cumulative infections: Vietnam (241,543), Laos (9,161), Thailand (861,989), Myanmar (341,300), and Cambodia (83,384).
Among the top 17 nations with the fastest doubling time of total Covid-19 cases by August 11, Malaysia reported the highest number of confirmed infections at 1.32 million, with Thailand coming in at second place with 816,989 cumulative cases,
On a per capita basis, Malaysia reported the world’s sixth highest daily new Covid-19 cases on August 11 at 606.6 infections per one million people, based on a rolling seven-day average.
In terms of absolute figures, Malaysia reported the 11th highest daily new coronavirus infections on August 11 around the world at about 19,633.9 cases, based on a rolling seven-day average, behind Thailand (20,657.7) and Indonesia (30,982.7).