by AZREEN HANI and HARIZAH KAMEL
MALAYSIA reports 8,290 new Covid-19 cases in the span of 24 hours- marking the first time it reached above 8,000 cases.
Yesterday, a total of 7,857 cases were reported.
This brought the total positive cases in the country to 549,514 cases.
Additionally it means that more than 50,000 cases have been detected in a week.
While Selangor continued to record the highest number of daily cases with 2,052, Kelantan saw its daily new infection rose to 851, surpassing Kuala Lumpur (830), Johor (762) and Sarawak (698).
Below is the list of Covid-19 cases by state:
Other states recorded less than 500 cases including Penang with 421 new cases, Perak (405), Melaka (380), Sabah (308), Pahang (254), and Terengganu (207) while Putrajaya, Perlis and Labuan recorded less than a hundred cases at 44, eight and six cases respectively.
There are currently 72,823 active cases, of which 808 patients were admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU) and 403 intubated.
Cumulative death toll rose to 2,552 with 61 new deaths, the youngest was a 25-year-old male in Labuan.
The country registered 4,814 new recoveries, which brought the total number of patients discharged to 474,139 to date or 86.3%.
On the security front, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will be implemented at localities in Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, Selangor and Sabah from May 30 until Jun 12.
In Terengganu, 21 localities in Kuala Terengganu will be under the EMCO following a significant increase of 349 cases or 370% for a period of two weeks in all the localities during May.
Elsewhere, the EMCO will be enforced at Felda Jengka 24, Jerantut and Kampung Baru Melayu, Bentong; Taman Sinar Harapan Tampoi, Johor Bahru; Taman Pertama and Taman Serendah, Sabak Bernam; and three localities in Tawau namely Kampung PasirPutih Blok B, PPR Taman Sri Balung and Kampung Baru Pasir Putih.
Ismail Sabri also announced an EMCO extension in Kampung Lubok Redan, Alor Gajah, Melaka from May 30 until Jun 5 and Lorong 2, Kampung Kongsi 8, Tawau, Sabah from May 30 until Jun 12.
As of May 27, a total of 24 Raya clusters have been recorded by the Health Ministry (MoH). Cumulatively, 850 cases were recorded from this cluster while 3,309 individuals underwent screening tests.
MoH found that most of the positive cases involved asymptomatic individuals (699) compared to the symptomatic cases (151). The highest was recorded in Tumpat, Kelantan with 224 cases.
“Therefore, I sincerely hope that the people continue to abide by the SOP as positive cases are increasing and today it has reached more than 8,000 cases,” said the minister.
Additionally, 581 individuals were arrested for defying the MCO’s standard operating procedures. Of the total, 574 were compounded, six remanded and one on bail.