Covid-19: Getting too close to 7,000

Selangor remains on top of the list with 2,235 cases,  followed by Sarawak (663), Kelantan (626) and Johor (549)


MALAYSIA is getting eerily close to the 7,000 mark for daily new Covid-19 cases with 6,976 cases reported yesterday, taking the country’s cumulative total to 512,091.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor was again on top of the list with 2,235 new cases. This was followed by Sarawak with 663 cases, Kelantan (626) and Johor (549).

Other states recording high cases included Kuala Lumpur (KL) (447), Negri Sembilan (434) and Kedah (422).

As of yesterday, the total active cases stood at 57,022, out of which, 681 had been admitted into the intensive care unit with 361 requiring ventilation aid.

Forty-nine new fatalities were also recorded yesterday involving 14 cases in Selangor, eight in Johor, six each in Penang and Melaka, four in Kedah, three in Sarawak, two cases each in Sabah, Negri Sembilan and KL, and one each in Kelantan and Perlis.

Meanwhile, a total of 3,587 patients had recovered from the virus and were discharged from hospitals.

Dr Noor Hisham also shared a guideline on double-masking, or wearing two face masks, as recommended by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, following a higher rate of infections involving new Covid-19 variants.

“We are asking the community to assist the Health Ministry in reducing the number of Covid-19 cases by practising self-lockdown, which requires high self-discipline in complying with any advice and regulations issued by the government.

“Do not take advantage of the work-from-home leeway to go out for unnecessary reasons,” he said.

He pleaded with everyone to stay at home for at least two weeks if there is no need to go out.

“If you have to leave the house, follow the standard operating procedures and protect yourself,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

Meanwhile, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that an Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will be implemented in Taman Abaka in Tawau, Sabah, from tomorrow until June 7, after 37 positive cases were recorded from 135 screenings.

The EMCO in Kampung Keramat, Semporna, Sabah ends today as scheduled, following the downtrend and controlled cluster in the locality.

As for MCO violations, 644 individuals were detained on Saturday, in which 614 individuals were compounded and 30 remanded.

“The highest recorded offences were failure to provide details upon entering a premise (218), failure to wear a face mask (126) and no physical distancing (103).