Pre-Endemic day 36: Covid-19 new daily cases at 1,251, no new clusters for 6 days straight

PUTRAJAYA, 7 May 2022:

Malaysia’s Covid-19 new daily cases continued to flirt around the 1,000 mark as the latest 24 hours under review saw 1,251 persons reporting positive – including nine imported cases – to bring the nation’s tally to 4,455,364 infections.

Still recording highest daily infections is Selangor (438), followed by Kuala Lumpur (284) and Penang (100).

Double digits were charted in Perak (64), Kedah (61), Melaka (57), Johor (50), Negeri Sembilan (43), Sarawak (34), Pahang (27), Sabah (26), Terengganu (19), Putrajaya (17), Kelantan (15) and Perlis (14) – with only Labuan (2) reporting single digits.

The 2,599 discharges far outpaced new cases as total recoveries rose to 4,393,689 (98.6%), causing active cases to fall by 1,355 to 26,099 – with 24,978 (95.7%) in home quarantine, just 19 at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) and 1,026 (3.9%) hospitalised.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted that the infectivity rate (Rt) had fallen to 0.52 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 rose to 76 Covid-19 patients and 39 needing breathing aids.

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added seven more confirmed fatalities to raise the death toll to 35,576 with another two new brought-in-dead cases brought this subtotal to 7,530 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 75 out of 7,010 identified todate as no new clusters were added for the sixth straight day.