Covid-19: 61 deaths, a new record

The country recorded another alarmingly high number of new Covid-19 cases yesterday with 6,509 cases

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by BERNAMA

SIXTY-ONE new Covid-19 deaths were recorded yesterday, the highest ever in the country since the pandemic broke.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said 16 of the deceased were recorded in Selangor; 11 in Johor; six each in Melaka and Penang; five in Kuala Lumpur; four in Kedah; three each in Sarawak, Negri Sembilan and Pahang; two in Terengganu; and one each in Perak and Labuan.

Malaysia also recorded another alarmingly high number of new Covid-19 cases yesterday with 6,509 cases.

“The highest number is again recorded in Selangor with 2,049 cases, followed by Sarawak with 530 cases,” he said in a statement yesterday.

This has brought the total number of active cases to 60,018.

“From the new cases, 711 had been brought into intensive care with 369 on the ventilator,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

As for recovery, a total of 3,452 patients were discharged yesterday.

Meanwhile, security forces have been streamlining their operations for the tightened Movement Control Order (MCO 3.0). Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said border control will be among the government’s focus, including the use of high-tech equipment.

“This includes the addition of control posts, border fences, closed-circuit TV, radar and high-capacity drones,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He added that the government previously decided to block temporary entry for travelers from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan over concerns of new variants spreading into the country.

“The government has also tightened the measures for returning Malaysians by extending the duration of quarantine from 14 days to 21 days.”.

Other requirements of arrival include having to undergo the Covid-19 rapid test polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) three days prior to departure and only negative results will be allowed to board a flight bound for Malaysia.

Another RT-PCR test will be performed on the eighteenth day of quarantine.

On another note, the Enhanced MCO (EMCO) will be enforced on five sub-zones in Labuan, three districts in Pahang and two localities in Sabah.

The EMCO in Labuan will commence tomorrow until June 24, while in Pahang and Sabah from tomorrow until June 8.

The EMCO in Felda Kahang Timur, Johor, which was scheduled to end today, will be extended to June 8.

Meanwhile, 800 individuals were detained yesterday for violating the standard operating procedures, with 248 failing to observe physical distancing, 219 failing to record personal details, and 133 not wearing face masks, among others.