Pre-Endemic day 52: Covid-19 new reported cases dip to 1,817

PUTRAJAYA, 23 May 2022:

New Covid-19 daily reported cases dipped below the 2,000 mark after four consecutive days as the latest 24 hours under review saw 1,817 persons testing positive, inclusive of three imported cases, as Malaysia’s overall tally rose to 4,491,320 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 (768) reported the highest daily figure, ahead of Kuala Lumpur (331), Penang (140) and Melaka (104).

Double digits were charted in Negeri Sembilan (98), Perak (85), Johor (69), Kedah (52), Sabah (43), Putrajaya (36), Sarawak (35), Pahang (22), Kelantan (15) and Terengganu (12). Single digits were recorded only in Perlis (6) and Labuan (1).

The 3,389 discharges outpaced new cases as total recoveries rose to 4,429,166 (98.6%) as active cases fell by 1,574 to 26,511 – with 25,366 (95.7%) in home quarantine, just 18 at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) and 1,087 (4.1%) hospitalised.

Numbers at intensive care units have steadied at 40 Covid-19 patients and 23 needing breathing aids.

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added another two confirmed fatalities to raise the death toll to 35,643 with a brought-in-dead case raising this subtotal to 7,551 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 25 out of 7,011 identified todate, as the first new cluster added since May 11 was a community cluster yesterday in Perak (Pulai Jaya Kinta).