Covid-19: 1,063 new cases, lowest this year

Based on MoH’s assessment, the country will be seeing 500 daily new cases in May

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by BERNAMA

MALAYSIA recorded the lowest number of new Covid-19 cases since January 2021 yesterday at 1,063, while recovery rate were higher with 1,365 patients discharged.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture) said based on the Health Ministry’s (MoH) assessment, the country would be seeing 500 daily new cases in May.

“This is based on the current R-naught value which stands at 0.87,” he said during the Movement Control Order (MCO) update yesterday.

Selangor was again the highest contributor with 323 new cases followed by Sarawak with 183 cases and Penang with 175 cases. Out of the total, 1,059 cases were local transmissions while the remaining four were imported, bringing the total number of active cases to 15,204.

Out of these, 152 were admitted into the intensive care unit with 68 being put on ventilator aids.

Five new clusters have also been identified in Sarawak, Kelantan and Kuala Lumpur (KL), while eight have expired. Following the declining numbers of positive cases, three states have moved from the Conditional MCO (CMCO) to the Recovery MCO, namely Kedah except for Kuala Muda and Kulim, Perak and Negri Sembilan except for Seremban, effective on March 19.

The CMCO in Selangor, KL, Labuan, Penang, Johor and Kelantan will be extended until March 31, while the CMCO status in Sarawak will be made effective until March 29.

Ismail Sabri said Ramadhan and Aidilfitri bazaars will be allowed to operate nationwide this year.

“The standard operating procedures (SOPs) will be provided soon which must be complied with by both hawkers and customers.

“Among the ones that have been agreed on so far are the locations of the bazaars must be in an open-air space and a one-way path for entrances and exits.

“Visitor count must also be controlled, while complying with the MySejahtera registration at the entrance,” he said.

Ramadhan bazaars are expected to be operational from 3pm to 8pm, while the Aidilfitri bazaars will be from 10am to midnight.

He added that other SOPs will be announced at a later date.

“Similarly, the SOPs for Tarawih prayers will be determined by state governments for the respective mosques and surau,” he said.

Meanwhile, the police arrested 134 individuals on Monday for violation of movement restriction order where 127 were issued with compounds while seven were remanded.

On March 15, 4,957 foreign workers were screened for Covid-19 and 71 of them were found positive.