Covid-19 cases rise to 5,244

by TMR/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

AFTER two consecutive days of recording below 5,000 cases, Malaysia reported a total of 5,244 positive Covid-19 as of noon today.

Selangor saw its daily new infections increased to 2,001, followed by Negeri Sembilan (677), Sarawak (577) and Kuala Lumpur (531).

Yesterday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the government will have to study various factors including the actual COVID-19 situation in the country and intervention methods being implemented before deciding whether to move into phase two of the National Recovery Plan.

Muhyiddin said the government always monitors the latest developments through the Health Ministry (MOH) and all available systems to determine the intervention methods that can be implemented.

“For example, the data is still a bit high and we want to bring it below 4,000 cases. Today there are 4,743 cases, so not far off the target. We need to see the intervention by MOH and all existing systems (to bring situation under control).

“But that alone is not enough; the whole community including factories need to play their part by adhering to the standard operating procedure (SOP)” he added.

Muhyiddin, who is Gambir state assemblyman, also stressed the importance of ramping up the vaccination process to get a better control of the situation and reduce the number of positive cases faster.

“We have a few more days to go (June 28). So, if the rate (of infection) can drop further it means we are on schedule and will move to phase two.”

Earlier, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the country could move into phase two of the National Recovery Plan if the daily average number of COVID-19 cases drops below 4,000 for seven consecutive days.

He said ICU bed utilisation should also be below 75 per cent and 10 per cent of the population should be vaccinated for this phase to happen