A day of all-time highs: 6,806 new cases, 59 deaths

These new records have brought the total active cases to 50,171 and total death cases to 2,099


AFTER a shocking record of 6,075 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, Malaysia was stunned again yesterday with 6,806 new cases, while new deaths skyrocketed to 59 — two all-time highs for the country.

These new records have brought the total active cases to 50,171 and total death cases to 2,099.

Among the new cases, 90% were locals while the remaining were foreigners.

The deaths involved 14 cases in Johor; Selangor (10); Kuala Lumpur (8); Kelantan (6); four each in Negri Sembilan and Melaka; three each in Kedah, Perak and Terengganu; Sarawak (2) and one each in Sabah and Pulau Pinang.

Of the active cases, 587 were admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU), while 330 require respiratory aid.

In addition, 24 new clusters were identified, taking the current total up to 528.

Meanwhile, 3,916 patients have recovered from Covid-19 nationwide, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 440,032 or 89.4%.

Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture) yesterday announced that the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will be implemented at nine localities in six states, namely Terengganu, Kelantan, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak and Perak from May 22 until June 4.

He said 15 districts in Besut, Terengganu, alone would be among those placed under EMCO due to the high infectivity rate.

“The Ministry of Health (MoH) has identified nine out of the 17 active clusters in the state involving the Besut area, contributing to the drastic increase and infectivity rate of the community,” Ismail Sabri said in a statement yesterday.

In Perak, the districts that would be placed under EMCO include Mukim Pengkalan Hulu, Taiping, Hulu Kinta and Bernam Timur, having recorded an increase of 119.3% in cases statewide in the past 14 days to 2,035 versus 928.

For Sabah, EMCO will be enforced in Kampung Idani, Semporna; Kampung Pisang, Tawau; Kampung Getah; Kampung Getah Tengan and Taman Kunak Jaya, Kunak; as well as Kampung Boyan, Kuching, in Sarawak.

Kepulauan Tumpat in Kelantan will be placed under the EMCO after having recorded 22 new positive cases out of 80 screening tests in four localities.

EMCO extension has also been announced for areas in Raub, Pahang, until June 4 and SMA Pantai Manis in Papar, Sabah, until June 3.

Meanwhile, the EMCO exercised at Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail, Bandar Penawar, Johor, will end on May 21.

“During the EMCO period, MoH performed 367 screening tests where 192 individuals were confirmed positive, which means that the trend is under control.

“After performing risk assessment with various agencies, the EMCO for this school will end on May 21 as scheduled,” Ismail Sabri said.

On the standard operating procedure violations, 495 individuals were detained where 468 were compounded and 27 remanded.