MCO day 66: New daily Covid-19 case trend worsens

PUTRAJAYA, 22 May 2020:

A total of 78 new Covid-19 positive cases were recorded today, bringing the cumulative number of cases in the country to 7,137 – with 1,163 active infectivity cases, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

From just 17 cases on Saturday may 16, the daily new case tally has shown at uptrend with 22 (May 17), 47 (May 18), 37 (May 19, 31 (May 20 and 50 (May 21).

He said of the 78 new cases, 25 were imported cases and 53 were local infections.

“Of the 53 local infections, 40 involve non-Malaysians with 25 of them detected at the Immigration Depot in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur,” he told a daily media conference here today.

He said there were 63 recoveries today, bringing the total of those who have recovered from Covid-19 and discharged from hospital to 5,859 cases (82.1%.

One death was reported today, bringing the cumulative number of death due to Covid-19 in the country to 115 or 1.61% of the total cases, he added.

“The 115th death case involved a 65-year-old local man with diabetes, hypertension and kidney problem. He was treated at the Sungai Buloh Hospital on April 3 and pronounced dead on May 21 at 2.58pm.”

Dr Noor Hisham said to date, nine Covid-19 positive cases were being treated at the Intensive Care Unit, with five in need of respiratory assistance.

Meanwhile, he advised the public to maintain a responsible attitude when carrying out any activities outdoor or at home, including in preparing for the Aidilfitri celebration.

The Health Ministry, he said, would continue to monitor the incidence of local and foreign Covid-19 infections through information from the World Health Organisation.

– Bernama