Pre-Endemic day 40: Covid-19 new daily cases at 2,605

PUTRAJAYA, 11 May 2022:

Staying around the 2,000 mark for a third straight day, the latest 24 hours under review saw 2,605 persons reporting positive tests for Covid-19 – including four imported – to raise Malaysia’s tally to 4,463,740 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 (1,126) reported the highest daily figure, ahead of Kuala Lumpur (327), Negeri Sembilan (195), Penang (174), Melaka (127), Johor (126), Kedah (120) and Perak (120).

Double digits were charted in Sarawak (74), Pahang (46), Kelantan (43), Terengganu (40), Sabah (39), Putrajaya (25) and Labuan (15) – with only Perlis (8) reporting single digits.

The 2,014 discharges were outpaced by new cases for the first time in weeks as total recoveries rose to 4,405,197 (98.7%) while active cases rose by 585 to 22,953 – with 21,612 (94.2%) in home quarantine, just 24 at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) and 1,250 (5.4%) hospitalised.

Numbers at intensive care units are steady at 67 Covid-19 patients and 38 needing breathing aids.

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added another six confirmed fatalities to raise the death toll to 35,590 with three more brought-in-dead cases to bring this subtotal at 7,536 casualties. The backlog of around a week for Covid-19 death confirmations is due to testing priority given to healing the living.

Active clusters remained at 68 out of 7,010 identified todate as no new clusters were added for the 10th straight day.