Pre-Endemic day 35: Covid-19 new daily cases at 1,278

PUTRAJAYA, 6 May 2022:

As Covid-19 new daily cases continued to flirt around the 1,000 mark in Malaysia, the latest 24 hours under review saw 1,278 persons reporting positive – including three imported cases – to bring the nation’s tally to 4,454,113 infections.

Still recording highest daily infections is Selangor (719), followed by Kuala Lumpur (152).

Double digits were charted in Melaka (76), Penang (65), Negeri Sembilan (41), Perak (41), Kedah (40), Johor (37), Sabah (26), Sarawak (24), Kelantan (19) and Terengganu (18) – while single digits were reported in Pahang (9), Perlis (7), Putrajaya (3) and Labuan (1).

The 2,599 discharges far outpaced new cases as total recoveries rose to 4,391,090 (98.6%), causing active cases to fall by 1,323 to 27,454 – with 26,407 (96.2%) in home quarantine, just 17 at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) and 964 (3.5%) hospitalised.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted that the infectivity rate (Rt) had fallen to 0.54 nationwide – meaning that it takes exposure to an average of two infected persons before catching the virus.

He has also projected a spike of positive Covid-19 cases after the Aidilfitri celebration but a majority of cases are anticipated to be in categories one and two with no or mild symptoms, due to mass vaccinations already conducted among the populace.

Meanwhile, numbers at intensive care units dipped to 66 Covid-19 patients and 36 needing breathing aids.

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added two more confirmed fatalities to raise the death toll to 35,569 with a second straight day of no new brought-in-dead cases, keeping this subtotal to 7,528 casualties. The backlog of around a week for Covid-19 death confirmations is due to testing priority given to healing the living.

Active clusters dipped to 76 out of 7,010 identified todate as no new clusters were added for the fifth straight day.