Covid-19: New cases back to over 2,000, 5 new deaths

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / graphic by MZUKRI MOHAMAD

MALAYSIA recorded 2,063 new Covid-19 cases yesterday after a few days of having less than 2,000.

Selangor contributed the most cases with 630, followed by Sarawak (361) and Penang (337). This has brought the cumulative total cases to 307,943.

From the total number of new cases, 2,054 were local transmissions, while nine were imported.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said as of yesterday, the total of active cases in the country stood at 23,161, where 193 were put in intensive care units, with 99 of them requiring the ventilators.

“Five fatalities were also reported, bringing the overall total Covid-19 deaths to 1,153,” he said yesterday.

Meanwhile, 2,922 cases have recovered and were discharged yesterday, bringing the total recoveries to 283,629 or 92.1% of total cases.

Eleven clusters were announced to have ended, while 14 new ones were identified, making the total count of active clusters to 490.

Out of the new clusters, 12 were from workplaces localised to Selangor, Johor, Penang and Negri Sembilan, while the other two comprised a community and a high-risk group in Johor.

As of yesterday, 1.9 million Malaysians have registered for the vaccination programme, which was still considered a small amount compared to the total population of 33 million.

Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said aside from MySejahtera, registration can also be made via www.vaksincovid.gov.my or via any nearby hospital or clinic starting from today, or via hotline which will be announced by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry soon.

He also announced that the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will be implemented in two localities, namely Rumah Sewa Anong and Rumah Sewa Beverly Hills in Bintulu, Sarawak, as well as Sekolah Henry Gurney in Telok Mas, Melaka.

The implementation of the EMCO would take place from March 5 to 18 for the former, and March 6 to 19 for the latter.