Pre-Endemic day 41: Covid-19 Aidilfitri uptrend confirmed with 3,321 new cases

PUTRAJAYA, 12 May 2022:

Widespread forecasts of Covid-19 cases rising dramatically after the Aidilfitri ‘balik kampung’ journeys have come true as the number of persons reporting positive has risen from 922 on May 3 to 3,321 in the latest 24 hours under review, with the overall tally up to 4,467,061 infections.

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

Just over a week into the month of Syawal, Selangor (1,220) reported the highest daily figure, ahead of Kuala Lumpur (573), Negeri Sembilan (288), Perak (221), Penang (208), Putrajaya (182) and Melaka (140).

Double digits were charted in Kedah (98), Johor (88), Pahang (73), Sarawak (71), Sabah (57), Terengganu (42), Kelantan (37) and Labuan (14) – with only Perlis (9) reporting single digits.

The 1,416 discharges were outpaced by new cases as total recoveries rose to 4,406,613 (98.6%) while active cases rose by 1,897 to 24,850 – with 23,385 (94.1%) in home quarantine, just 33 at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) and 1,373 (5.5%) hospitalised.

Numbers at intensive care units are down at 59 Covid-19 patients and 34 needing breathing aids.

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added another eight confirmed fatalities to raise the death toll to 35,598 with three more brought-in-dead cases to bring this subtotal at 7,539 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 11th straight day.