Pre-Endemic day 42: Covid-19 cases uptick to 3,410

PUTRAJAYA, 13 May 2022:

Giving further credence to widespread forecasts of Covid-19 cases rising dramatically after the Aidilfitri ‘balik kampung’ journeys, the number of persons reporting positive has risen from 922 on May 3 to 3,410 in the latest 24 hours under review, inclusive of five imports, with the overall tally up to 4,470,471 infections.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had earlier projected a spike of positive Covid-19 cases after the Aidilfitri celebration but a majority of cases are anticipated to be in categories one and two with no or mild symptoms, due to mass vaccinations already conducted among the populace.

Just over a week into the month of Syawal, Selangor (1,691) reported the highest daily figure, ahead of Kuala Lumpur (455), Perak (199), Negeri Sembilan (195), Penang (192), Melaka (136) and Johor (126).

Double digits were charted in Kedah (83), Putrajaya (79), Pahang (57), Sabah (57), Sarawak (54), Terengganu (34), Kelantan (32), Labuan (10) and Perlis (10).

The 1,430 discharges were outpaced by new cases as total recoveries rose to 4,408,043 (98.6%) while active cases rose by 1,976 to 26,826 – with 25,414 (94.7%) in home quarantine, just 33 at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) and 1,328 (5%) hospitalised.

Numbers at intensive care units are down at 51 Covid-19 patients and 34 needing breathing aids.

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added another four confirmed fatalities to raise the death toll to 35,602 with no new brought-in-dead cases to keep this subtotal at 7,539 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 61 out of 7,010 identified todate as no new clusters were added for the 12th straight day.