Daily recovery rises as new cases continue to decline

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

MALAYSIA’S Covid-19 recoveries continue to record higher numbers than the number of daily cases for the second consecutive day.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said a total of 4,521 cured cases were reported yesterday, bringing the cumulative recovery to 218,335 cases.

Daily cases declined to 2,176 cases, of which 2,175 were local transmissions and one imported case, adding to the country’s total cases at 266,445.

Active cases are now at 47,135, with 260 patients being treated in the intensive care unit, while 112 of them require respiratory aid.

To date, 10 deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 975 cases.

“The death cases involved five cases in Selangor, two cases in Kuala Lumpur, as well as one case each in Sabah, Johor and Perak. All death cases were citizens,” said the DG in a statement yesterday.

Selangor reported the highest daily cases at 910, followed by Johor with 269 cases and Sarawak with 246 cases.

A total of 64 cases reported were related to clusters in prisons, lock-ups and immigration detention depots.

The total number of clusters in Malaysia is now 996 with the addition of 13 new clusters that involve 10 workplace-related clusters and one cluster involving communities, detention centres and high-risk groups. There are 489 clusters which are still active.

Meanwhile, eight clusters have ended yesterday, namely the Jalan Sibuga, Taman Tasik Sungai Chua, Jalan Bukit Bendera, Lumut Barat, Pagar Siput, Kampung Renok, Sungai Redan and Bah Manggis.

Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at Sungai Udang Prison in Melaka will be extended from Feb 17 to March 2.

However, the EMCO at the Sungai Udang staff quarters and Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre will end tomorrow (Feb 16) as scheduled.

The EMCO will also be implemented at the Tapah Prison and staff quarters in Tapah, Perak, starting tomorrow until March 1.

“The EMCO in Felcra Nasaruddin, Perak, and Kampung Sungai Ud in Dalat, Sarawak, will also end tomorrow as scheduled.

“The government will also complete the EMCO at Stage 2 and part of Stage 1 of Felda Bersia, Hulu Perak in Perak tomorrow as scheduled,” he said in a statement yesterday.

A total of 1,111 individuals were arrested on Sunday for violating the MCO 2.0 standard operating procedures and out of that number, 1,040 were compounded, while another 71 individuals were remanded.

The highest number of offences is inter-district or interstate crossings without permission (306), followed by failure to maintain physical distancing (300) and failure in providing equipment to record customers’ details (107).

On Ops Benteng, 22 illegal immigrants were detained and six vehicles were seized. During the operation, authorities also tracked 91 boats in the country’s waters.

To date, 494 individuals have arrived at all international entrances and are now undergoing mandatory quarantine at various centres nationwide.

“A total of 5,402 foreigners underwent Covid-19 screening test and of that number, 11 were positive,” he added.