Pre-Endemic day 43: Covid-19 new cases dip to 3,029

PUTRAJAYA, 14 May 2022:

For the third consecutive day, daily new Covid-19 cases remained above the 3,000 mark as the number of persons reporting positive dipped to 3,029 in the latest 24 hours under review – all local transmissions without any imports, with the overall tally up to 4,473,500 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.

Coming almost a fortnight into Syawal, Selangor (1,286) reported the highest daily figure, ahead of Kuala Lumpur (501), Penang (229), Negeri Sembilan (208), Perak (174), Johor (126) and Melaka (108).

Double digits were charted in Putrajaya (88), Sabah (78), Kedah (61), Pahang (58), Sarawak (57), Terengganu (23) and Kelantan (21), while single digits were recorded only in Perlis (8) and Labuan (3).

The 1,116 discharges were outpaced by new cases as total recoveries rose to 4,409,159 (98.6%) while active cases rose by 1,908 to 28,734 – with 27,358 (95.2%) in home quarantine, just 23 at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) and 1,311 (4.6%) hospitalised.

Numbers at intensive care units are down to 42 Covid-19 patients and 33 needing breathing aids.

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added another five confirmed fatalities to raise the death toll to 35,607 with another brought-in-dead case to bring this subtotal at 7,540 casualties. The backlog of around a week for Covid-19 death confirmations is due to testing priority given to healing the living.

Active clusters fell to 59 out of 7,010 identified todate as no new clusters were added for the 13th straight day.