Pre-Endemic day 85: Covid-19 new daily case reports at 2,512

PUTRAJAYA, 25 June 2022:

Malaysia’s Covid-19 new case reports continued to stay above the 2,000 mark with the latest 24 hours under review seeing 2,512 persons testing positive – with 194 imported cases – to raise the nation’s tally to 4,552,359 infections.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had warned on Thursday that a new wave of Covid-19 infections in the country is expected to occur earlier than expected in the next two to three months based on a rise in daily cases.

While assuring Malaysia is country is prepared for the new wave, he stressed this alert was not to cause panic among Malaysians but served as a preventive measure to control the transition to the endemic phase.

The Klang Valley charted about two-thirds of new case reports with Kuala Lumpur (796) surpassing Selangor (732) in reporting the highest daily number, ahead of Negeri Sembilan (149).

High numbers were also charted in Penang (176), Sabah (170) and Perak (135); while double digits were recorded in Johor (69), Sarawak (55), Melaka (54), Putrajaya (51), Pahang (38), Kedah (37), Terenganu (20) and Kelantan (19). Single digits were recorded in Perlis (7) and Labuan (4).

The 1,580 discharges were outpaced by new cases as total recoveries rose to 4,488,367 (98.6%) while active cases rose 929 to 28,247 – with 27,173 (96.2%) in home quarantine, just 14 at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) and 1,026 (3.6%) hospitalised.

Numbers at intensive care units steadied at 34 Covid-19 patients, with 21 needing breathing aids.

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added three more confirmed fatalities to raise the death toll to 35,745 with another two brought-in-dead cases bringing this subtotal to 7,583 casualties. The backlog of around a week for Covid-19 death confirmations is due to testing priority given to healing the living.

A third new cluster was added this week – another education cluster in Perak (Batu 3 Jalan Pahang 2 Batang Padang) – to the two new education clusters in Selangor (Jalan Beringin 2 Hulu Selangor and KM5 Jalan Banting Dengkil).

This brings active clusters to seven out of 7,018 identified todate with two more education clusters in Kelantan (Hilir 3 Kota Bharu) and Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Ipoh Titiwangsa). The remainder are a high-risk group in Selangor (Jalan Broga Hulu Langat) and a community cluster in Perak (Pulai Jaya Kinta).