Covid-19: New cases breach 6,000 mark, highest ever

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by TMR FILE

MALAYSIA recorded 6,075 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, its highest daily figure since the pandemic began.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the previous record was 5,728 cases on Jan 30.

With this, the total number of infections in the country now stands at 485,496.

“Selangor recorded the highest number of cases again with 2,251 infections.

“This was followed by Johor with 699 cases, Kuala Lumpur (660) and Kedah (445). Other states that recorded high numbers of cases were Kelantan (441), Sarawak (323), Perak (220), Terengganu (203), Negri Sembilan (189), Penang (183), Sabah (160), Pahang (150) and Melaka (122),” he said in his Covid-19 statement yesterday.

There are now 47,340 active Covid-19 cases that are being treated at health facilities nationwide. Among the active cases yesterday, 559 were placed in the intensive care unit (ICU), with 303 of them requiring respiratory aid.

The country also recorded another high number of fatalities with 46 new deaths yesterday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 2,040.

New clusters were also at a record high yesterday, with a total of 22 new clusters detected nationwide. Of the total, eight were workplace clusters, seven community clusters, six religious clusters and one education cluster.

Meanwhile, 3,516 patients have been discharged yesterday, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 436,116.

Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Skudai campus in Johor will be placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) from May 21 until June 3.

The decision was made by the Ministry of Health (MoH) after 49 of the 346 Covid-19 tests conducted there came back positive.

“The cases were recorded at the Datin Seri Endon College, Tun Hussein Onn College, Tun Dr Ismail College, College 9 and 10, as well as the health centre.

“The MoH has reported a high positivity rate of 14.2%, as well as the spread of positive cases at several other colleges,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Ismail Sabri also announced the lifting of EMCO at several localities in Perak, Melaka and Sabah today after recording a downward trend in cases.

The localities are Kampung Lubok Katak in Tapah, Perak; Kampung Permatang Tulang Mukim Sebatu in Jasin, Melaka; and SMK Madai in Kunak, Sabah.

On MCO violations, Ismail Sabri said the police arrested 513 people on Tuesday for various offences including failure to wear face masks, failure to provide equipment for contact tracing or registration, failure to maintain physical distance, crossing districts or states without permission, gambling and nightclub activities.

Of that number, he said 484 were given compounds and 29 were remanded.