MCO day 381: Daily new Covid-19 cases at 1,294 & another 5 deaths

PUTRAJAYA, 2 April 2021:

Covid-19 infections in Malaysia rose by 1,294 overnight, raising the overall tally to 347,972 cases so far, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

This was outpaced by 1,442 discharges for total recoveries rising to 332,443 (95.5%). With 14,246 active cases, 168 are at intensive care units and 68 needing ventilators.

There were nine Malaysians among the 26 imported cases, local transmissions were made up of 897 citizens (70.7%) and 371 foreigners.

Selangor again recorded the highest number of added infections with 455 cases (35.2%), followed by Sarawak (217), Penang (139) and Johor (103). Single digit new cases were charted in Perlis (1), Labuan (4), Putrajaya (5) and Terengganu (8) while all other states had double-digit added infections.

Another 10 new Covid-19 clusters were identified today with seven being work-related, two community clusters at Kalindukan (Sabah) and Permatang Pasir (Negeri Sembilan) plus a high-risk group cluster at Pekan Batu (Selangor).

The new workplace clusters are in Sabah (Banjaran Gading and Simpang Empat), Selangor (Industri Bukit Angkat), Johor (Jalan Taat), Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Bukit Nanas), Negeri Sembilan (Jalan Padang) and Terengganu (Wakaf Chagak).

With nine clusters ended today, 363 remain active out of 1,388 identified todate.

The death toll rose by five today – with two in Sarawak plus one each in Johor, Penang and Sabah – to 1,283.

In a statement, Dr Noor Hisham further noted the latest or third wave of Covid-19 infections has so far recorded 337,805 cases as of today – far outstripping the earlier two waves.

While the first wave recorded only 22 cases, he noted 651 infections were recorded in the second wave before the Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented on March 18 last year.

During the initial four weeks of MCO, he said 4,314 cases were recorded while the next four weeks saw another 1,311 infections. When the nation transitioned to the Conditional MCO during this second wave, there were 2,038 infections and the following Recovery MCO saw 1,831 cases.