Pre-Endemic day 37: Covid-19 new daily cases creep up to 1,372

PUTRAJAYA, 8 May 2022:

After staying around the low 1,000 mark for several days, Malaysia’s Covid-19 situation is showing signs of rising as the latest 24 hours under review saw an uptick to 1,372 reporting of positive tests as the nation’s tally rose to 4,456,736 infections.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had last week 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.

Amid the reversal of the ‘balik kampung’ trips this weekend, Selangor (480) reported the highest daily figure, followed by Kuala Lumpur (264) and Penang (138).

Double digits were charted in Negeri Sembilan (84), Perak (70), Melaka (60), Johor (57), Sarawak (49), Kedah (46), Putrajaya (38), Pahang (25), Terengganu (23), Sabah (22) and Kelantan (11) – with only Perlis (3) and Labuan (2) reporting single digits.

The 3,610 discharges far outpaced new cases as total recoveries rose to 4,397,881 (98.7%), causing active cases to fall by 2,241 to 23,276 – with 22,146 (95.1%) in home quarantine, just 19 at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) and 1,025 (4.4%) hospitalised.

Numbers at intensive care units are on an uptrend, rising to 86 Covid-19 patients and 66 needing breathing aids.

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added three more confirmed fatalities to raise the death toll to 35,579 with no new brought-in-dead cases keeping 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 71 out of 7,010 identified todate as no new clusters were added for the seventh straight day.