The World Health Organisation (WHO) says Cambodia remains among a handful of East Asian countries with low per capita death rates from COVID-19.
In its weekly update released in Geneva Tuesday, the WHO said its Western Pacific region reported more than 131,000 new cases as of Sunday — similar to the previous week — and more than 2,100 new deaths, up 22 percent.
“The absolute numbers of cases and deaths remain the highest reported since the beginning of the pandemic,” it said. The highest numbers of new cases and deaths were reported from the Philippines, Malaysia and Japan.
In Cambodia, the UN agency said, the number of new cases rose from 2,947 a week earlier to 3,021. But the number of new deaths dropped from 30 to 26 in the latest week.
On a per capita basis, Cambodia had 150.8 cumulative cases per 100,000 of population, up from 132.7 a week earlier but still among the lowest in East Asia.
Among ASEAN countries, Malaysia had the highest number per capita (1,560.6) followed by Singapore (1,056.3), the Philippines (1,075.2), Indonesia (647.1), Myanmar (263.2) and Thailand (185.5).
Three ASEAN countries had fewer cumulative cases than Cambodia — Brunei (53.9), Laos (24.5) and Vietnam (5.3).
Among major Northeast Asian countries, Japan had the highest number of cumulative cases per 100,000 people (564.7) followed by South Korea (265.1) and China (7.3).
In terms of cumulative deaths, four ASEAN countries had around one death per 100,000 — Cambodia and Thailand (both 1.1), Brunei (0.7) and Singapore (0.5). Deaths were sharply lower in Vietnam and Laos (fewer than 0.1).
The Philippines had the highest deaths per capita among ASEAN countries (18.2) followed by Indonesia (18.0), Malaysia (6.8) and Myanmar (5.9).
Deaths per capita in Northeast Asia were highest in Japan (9.7) followed by South Korea (3.8) and China (0.3).
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press