PUTRAJAYA, 12 April 2021:
Covid-19 infections in Malaysia rose by 1,317 today to 362,173 cases overall, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
With 1,052 discharges, total recoveries now stand at 334,005 (95.26%). Active cases crept up to 15,835, with 188 at intensive care units and 84 needing ventilators.
There were eight Malaysians among the 12 imported cases, local transmissions were made up of 1,107 citizens (84.8%) and 198 foreigners.
Sarawak led with most number of Covid-19 infections detected over the past 24 hours with 351, followed by Selangor (303), Kuala Lumpur (116), Penang (112) and Sabah (109).
Only Labuan had no new cases reported, Perlis had two, Putrajaya with nine and all other states charting double-digit new cases.
Another four fatalities today – all Malaysians with two in Kuala Lumpur plus one each in Sabah and Selangor – brought the death toll to 1,333.
Pahang recorded three of the 10 new clusters identified today – with two being work-related at Indera Mahkota Tiga and Leepang plus a community cluster at Kampung Paya Pulai.
The other two community clusters are in Kedah (Kabu) and Perak (Jalan Canning Estate); while the workplace clusters are in Johor (Jalan Perjiranan Empat), Kelantan (Jalan Stadium Empat), Putrajaya (Persiaran Salahuddin), Selangor (Industri Balakong Lapan) and Terengganu (Ara Murni).
As eight custers ended today, the active number has risen to 345 out of 1,469 identified todate,
Meanwhile, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today announced phase 2 of the National Covid-19 immunisation Programme starting April 19 will see senior citizens being given the Sinovac vaccine
He said this was decided by the Covid-19 Vaccine Access Guarantee Special Committee, based on Brazilian clinical trials and papers under review – which showed the Sinovac vaccine was 83.7% effective for moderate cases and 100% for severe cases.
As registrations for the Covid-19 vaccine now stands at 8.513 million, Khairy said 31,776 appointments had been sent to phase two vaccine recipients via MySejahtera and SMS.
But he noted only 13,218 have confirmed attendance and 343 replied they would not; but over half at 18,215 (57) have not responded.
Khairy further said Malaysia has received 1.37 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine so far. And a total of 979,794 individuals had received the vaccine – 583,903 obtained one dose while 395,891 individuals have completed two doses.
Separately, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali said vaccine shots won’t be administered at night throughout Ramadan – to cater for those who want to perform tarawih prayers.
Also, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob reiterated that people who refused to take the Covid-19 vaccine could not be punished.
“Vaccination is not mandatory but we want to give people the option… We cannot punish (those who do not want to take the vaccine) but will ask them to take the vaccine for their health and that of others.”
He also said the government has yet to discuss vaccination for people wanting to go abroad, and the matter is subject to the country they want to visit.