Covid-19: Malaysia continues to record higher recoveries than new cases

The cumulative number of recoveries and total Covid-19 cases are 310,958 and 327,253 respectively


MALAYSIA continued to record a higher number of Covid-19 recoveries at 1,346 against the 1,219 new cases yesterday, despite the latter having increased from Tuesday.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the new cases, 1,212 were locally transmitted and seven were imported.

The cumulative number of recoveries and total Covid-19 cases in the country are 310,958 and 327,253 respectively.

“Selangor reported the highest number of new cases at 499. Of these, 406 cases were from clusters and close contact screening.

“Other states with a high number are Sarawak with 225 cases and Johor with 169 cases,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Of the 15,075 active cases that are being treated in health facilities nationwide, 154 patients were placed in the intensive care unit with 64 patients requiring respiratory aid.

Two new deaths involving Malaysians were recorded in Sabah, increasing the death toll to 1,220.

The Health Ministry (MoH) also detected 12 new clusters involving eight workplace clusters, two community clusters and one cluster each involving detention and import centres.

Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at the Anong and Beverly Hills rental houses in Bintulu, Sarawak, will be extended until March 25, 2021.

“MoH confirmed that there is still a contagion of cases involving residents in the rental houses concerned.

“To date, the MoH has conducted 1,407 screening tests and out of that number, 85 positive cases have been recorded. MoH has also conducted a second round of screening tests which are still awaiting results,” he said.

Meanwhile, 125 individuals were arrested on Tuesday for breaching the standard operating procedures of the MCO and of that number, 111 were compounded and 14 remanded.

“Among the offences were interstate crossing without permission (43), not wearing face mask (29), failing to provide registration equipment to record customer details (28), no physical distancing (11), disobeying quarantine directives (five), entertainment centre activities (one) and others (eight),” he said.

Authorities also arrested 24 illegal immigrants, seized one vehicle and detected 30 boats in national waters during Ops Benteng. Five illegal immigrants were deported through one deportation activity.

Ismail Sabri said a total of 3,567 foreigners underwent the Covid-19 screening test and out of that number, 35 people tested positive.

Cumulatively, the Human Resources Ministry informed that approximately 627,010 foreign workers had undergone the Covid-19 screening test involving 32,425 employers, and 9,807 people were confirmed positive to date.

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Covid-19: 1,219 new cases, recoveries still higher at 1,346