Pre-Endemic day 48: Covid-19 new daily cases back up at 2,017

PUTRAJAYA, 19 May 2022:

After two straight days of new Covid-19 reported cases staying within the 1,000 mark, the latest 24 hours under review saw a rise to 2,017 persons testing positive, inclusive of four imported cases, as the overall tally rose to 4,483,295 infections.

This latest figure still stays clear of the warning issued by Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah of a spike in positive Covid-19 cases after the Aidilfitri celebration, with a majority of cases anticipated to be in categories one and two of no or mild symptoms, due to mass vaccinations already conducted among the populace.

His latest tweet warned that the infectivity rate (Rt) still remains worrying at an average 0.97 across Malaysia – meaning an infected person can still spread the virus to another person – and advised continued personal vigilance of using facemasks, practising hygiene and social distancing.

A fortnight into Syawal, Selangor (850) reported the highest daily figure, ahead of Kuala Lumpur (383), Penang (145) and Negeri Sembilan (129).

Double digits were charted in Perak (94), Melaka (91), Kedah (64), Johor (63), Sarawak (51), Sabah (42), Putrajaya (39), Pahang (26), Terengganu (19) and Kelantan (13). Single digits were recorded only in Labuan (5) and Perlis (3).

The 2,548 discharges just outpaced new cases again as total recoveries rose to 4,417,694 (98.5%) as active cases fell by 538 to 29,971 – with 28,679 (95.7%) in home quarantine, just 19 at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) and 1,235 (4.1%) hospitalised.

Numbers at intensive care units have steadied at 38 Covid-19 patients and 20 needing breathing aids.

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added another seven confirmed fatalities to raise the death toll to 35,630 with another three brought-in-dead cases to bring this subtotal to 7,548 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 45 out of 7,010 identified todate. A new cluster addition was backdated to May 11 at the CovidNow portal – of a Sarawak detention centre (DTI Semuja 4 Serian).