Pre-Endemic day 50: Covid-19 new cases steady at 2,063

PUTRAJAYA, 21 May 2022:

New Covid-19 daily reported cases stayed steady above the 2,000 mark for the third straight day as the latest 24 hours under review saw a dip to 2,063 persons testing positive, inclusive of three imported cases, as the overall tally rose to 4,487,482 infections.

This latest figure is a relief from 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 0.87 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.

Almost three weeks into Syawal, Selangor (786) reported the highest daily figure, ahead of Kuala Lumpur (405), Negeri Sembilan (120), Penang (119), Melaka (116) and Perak (112).

Double digits were charted in Kedah (86), Johor (68), Putrajaya (65), Sabah (63), Sarawak (50), Pahang (30), Kelantan (14), Terengganu (12) and Perlis (11). Single digits were recorded only in Labuan (6).

The 2,618 discharges just outpaced new cases again as total recoveries rose to 4,47,482 (98.5%) as active cases fell by 560 to 29,229 – with 28,050 (96%) in home quarantine, just 19 at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) and 1,124 (3.8%) hospitalised.

Numbers at intensive care units have steadied at 36 Covid-19 patients and 20 needing breathing aids.

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added another five confirmed fatalities to raise the death toll to 35,638 with no brought-in-dead cases to keep this subtotal at 7,550 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 34 out of 7,010 identified todate, with no new clusters added since May 11.