MCO day 388: Daily Covid-19 cases surge to 1,854

PUTRAJAYA, 9 April 2021:

Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours surged to 1,854 today to 357,607, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Discharges of 1,247 today brought total recoveries to 341,489 patients (95.49%). Active cases rose to 14,805 but those at intensive care units dipped to 169 as fewer patients needed ventilators at 79.

There were five Malaysians among the 20 imported cases, local transmissions were made up of 1,618 citizens (88.2%) and 216 foreigners.

Sarawak chalked up the highest number of new cases with 555, overtaking Selangor (403) as sharp rises were also recorded in Penang (176), Kelantan (143), Sabah (139), Kuala Lumpur (135) and Johor (103).

Perlis was the only state with no added infections, Labuan had three, Putrajaya with six; while all other states charted double-digit new infections.

With five more fatalities – three in Sarawak plus one each in Kuala Lumpur and Sabah –  Malaysia’s death toll has risen to 1,313.

Another seven new clusters were identified today with three being community based in Sabah (Sim-Sim) and Sarawak (Disso and Sungai Gemuan); while four workplace clusters are in Johor (Jalan Sultan Ismail), Kuala Lumpur (Taman Bukit Pantai), Penang (Sungai Kluang Satu) and Sabah (Batu Lima Jalan Sibuga).

As 13 clusters ended today, 342 remain active out of the 1,442 identified todate.

Meanwhile, Coordinating Minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin said the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee will decide in two weeks if Malaysia will allow usage of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The decision will be made after additional information is tabled by the Health Ministry panel of experts, taking note the European Medicines Agency had confirmed for the first time that there was a link between the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine and blood clotting cases.

Khairy, who is also the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, urged the public not to be worried about any reports pertaining to the AstraZeneca vaccine – as they are scheduled to arrive only next month.

On the proposed Covid-19 vaccine passports for individuals who have received the vaccine, Khairy said the document should contain the details of the vaccination and screening test within 72 hours before a trip.

“As announced by Qatar, they will only let people in without quarantine if there were proof of vaccination and screening test. We have not made any decision…if we decided to give some (travel) relaxation to those who have been vaccinated, they have to have some proof.”

He also said Malaysia is looking at using the CanSino which is now under the registration process with the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency – as this involves only a single dose and facilitates vaccination for rural areas and also the Orang Asli community.

“We want to purchase the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, but it can only be delivered in the fourth quarter of the year. I think CanSino delivery is earlier and if the registration is approved, we can use it in the rural areas.”