117 new Covid-19 cases recorded, bringing total to 790

Despite the new additions, the cumulative number of cases recovered completely and discharged was 60 as of yesterday

By S BIRRUNTHA / Pic By BERNAMA

MALAYSIA recorded 117 new Covid-19 cases as of noon yesterday, in which most cases were linked to the recent “tabligh” gathering at the Sri Petaling mosque in Kuala Lumpur.

Health Ministry (MoH) DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said the new cases bring the total number of infections in the country to 790.

He also added that 11 cases were recovered and allowed to be discharged yesterday.

“This makes the cumulative number of cases recovered completely and discharged from the ward to 60 cases,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He also added that currently, there are 15 positive cases of Covid-19 that are being treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with breathing assistance.

Following the announcement of Movement Control Order (MCO) made by the government, all states in Malaysia have been gazetted as a local area of infection.

With this, MoH stated that during this duration, no visitors are allowed into the hospital ward except in the case of emergency and in great need.

It further added that if needed, only one person is allowed during clinic appointments except for paediatric patients or patients who need help or emergency case.

Dr Noor Hisham also advised the nation to follow the necessary guidelines set by the government to stay at home and take all necessary precautions.

“We have the slightest chance to break the Covid-19 infection chain. If we fail, our country will face a third wave where the infection is no longer under control,” he said through his Twitter yesterday.

As of yesterday, Selangor recorded the highest with 192 total number of cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur (192) and Sabah (103).

Malaysia recorded two deaths from Covid-19 on Tuesday due to the pandemic in the country.

Meanwhile, an employee from the Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Bhd’s Petaling Jaya branch was tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday.

The bank said the confirmed case has not been to any of the bank’s branches or premises since Feb 28 when they went on leave.

The employee practised self- quarantine upon returning from travelling abroad on March 13 and was checked at a hospital upon symptoms.

The National Security Council has ordered that celebrations including wedding should be postponed during the MCO period.

It also added that food stores can be opened but only for takeaways or through delivery services by specific companies such as GrabFood or Foodpanda Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

Travelling overseas will be restricted for Malaysians while those returning to the country must undergo health checks and voluntary quarantine.

Educational centres, schools and higher learning institutions, includ- ing online teaching, will also be closed during this period.