Covid-19 recovery rate exceeds 90%

by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

MALAYSIA recorded the highest number of daily recoveries in a single day since March 18 as some 333 Covid-19 patients recovered and were discharged yesterday.

Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said this pushes the country’s overall recovery rate to 90.9% or 7,733 recoveries out of the total cases as of yesterday.

“Out of the 333 recovered cases, 307 were non-citizens and 26 cases were citizens,” he said in a Covid-19 update statement yesterday.

He added that the increase in recovery rates had also further reduced the number of active Covid-19 cases in the country to 651.

Eleven new cases were recorded yesterday, comprising one of imported and 10 locally transmitted which involved four Malaysians and six foreigners.

Dr Noor Hisham said of the six locally transmitted cases involving foreigners, three cases were from the Pedas cluster and one from the cleaning services company cluster in Negri Sembilan.

Another case was identified through a health screening for employment in Kuala Lumpur and one more case involved the construction site cluster in Kuala Lumpur.

Among the four local cases involving Malaysians, three were found linked to the close contacts of Covid-19 patients in Sarawak.

One more case was identified during a pre-surgical screening at Hospital Putrajaya. The case was later transferred to Hospital Sungai Buloh, Selangor.

Among the active cases yesterday, four were placed in the intensive care unit and none of them required respiratory aid.

The country’s overall total of Covid-19 cases is now at 8,505.

No new deaths were recorded yesterday as the country’s death tally stood at 121.

Meanwhile, in conjunction with Asean Dengue Day 2020, Dr Noor Hisham urged Malaysians to improve their role in curbing the disease by keeping their environment clean.

He also reminded everyone not to forget about the endemic, which is expected to worsen in the coming months, as Covid-19 has captured most of the attention this year.

“There has been an increase in dengue cases over the last eight weeks with an average of 8% per week. From January to June 13, 88 people have died of dengue,” he said.

He added that based on the trend of dengue cases over the last five years, the ministry expects dengue cases in the country to increase between June and September.

Malaysia recorded 50,511 cases and 88 fatalities caused by dengue in the first half of the year, from Jan 1 to June 13.

Dr Noor Hisham also noted that the risk of dengue would increase when the country opens more business sectors under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) as plenty of the premises have not been in use for months.

“The public and business owners are urged to clean up places favoured by the Aedes mosquito as its breeding ground.

“The fight against the Aedes mosquito and dengue fever is our responsibility, just as the community has worked together to stem the spread of the Covid-19 infection,” he added.