Pre-Endemic day 51: Covid-19 new cases stay at 2,000 mark

PUTRAJAYA, 22 May 2022:

With new Covid-19 daily reported cases staying steady above the 2,000 mark for the fourth consecutive day as the latest 24 hours under review saw 2,021 persons testing positive, inclusive of an imported case, Malaysia’s overall tally rose to 4,489,503 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.

Coming three weeks into Syawal, Selangor (878) reported the highest daily figure, ahead of Kuala Lumpur (345), Penang (1126), Negeri Sembilan (125) and Melaka (108).

Double digits were charted in Perak (98), Johor (85), Kedah (57), Putrajaya (55), Sarawak (52), Sabah (41), Pahang (25), Terengganu (12) and Kelantan (11). Single digits were recorded only in Perlis (2) and Labuan (1).

The 3,162 discharges outpaced new cases as total recoveries rose to 4,425,777 (98.6%) as active cases fell by 1,144 to 28,085 – with 26,980 (96.1%) in home quarantine, just 18 at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) and 1,048 (3.7%) hospitalised.

Numbers at intensive care units have steadied at 39 Covid-19 patients and 24 needing breathing aids.

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added another three confirmed fatalities to raise the death toll to 35,641 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 31 out of 7,010 identified todate, with no new clusters added since May 11.