Pre-Endemic day 38: Uptick to 2,153 new daily Covid-19 cases

PUTRAJAYA, 9 May 2022:

Warnings about an uptick in new daily Covid-19 cases after the Aidilfitri celebration seems to be coming true as the latest 24 hours under review saw an increase to 2,153 persons reporting of positive tests – including two imports – as the nation’s tally rose to 4,458,889 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.

Following the reverse ‘balik kampung’ trips this weekend, Selangor (1,157) reported the highest daily figure, ahead of Kuala Lumpur (261), Penang (156) and Negeri Sembilan (105).

Double digits were charted in Perak (91), Johor (81), Kedah (63), Melaka (63), Pahang (35), Sarawak (34), Terengganu (34), Sabah (29) and Kelantan (25) – with only Putrajaya, (7), Labuan (6) and Perlis (6) reporting single digits.

The 2,869 discharges still outpaced new cases as total recoveries rose to 4,400,750 (98.7%), causing active cases to fall by 720 to 22,556 – with 21,363 (94.7%) in home quarantine, rising to 30 at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) and 1,075 (4.8%) hospitalised.

Numbers at intensive care units are on an uptrend, standing at 88 Covid-19 patients and 59 needing breathing aids.

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added four more confirmed fatalities to raise the death toll to 35,583 with another three brought-in-dead cases bringing this subtotal to 7,533 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 70 out of 7,010 identified todate as no new clusters were added for the eighth straight day.