New Covid-19 cases shoot up to 6,437

27 new clusters have been identified yesterday, while 1,934 clusters have been considered expired


NEW Covid-19 cases in the country shot up to 6,437 yesterday, the highest in almost two weeks.

This was largely contributed by Selangor with 2,299 cases and Kuala Lumpur (KL), which saw a drastic increase from the previous day’s 469 to 1,631 yesterday.

Similarly, Putrajaya had also seen a jump in cases, going from single-digits to 32 yesterday, while Sarawak nearly halved from 409 to 242.

The figures also showed that active cases now stand at 62,844 out of which 905 require treatment in the intensive care unit and 455 have been put on the ventilator. The cumulative total Covid-19 cases in Malaysia is now at 745,703.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) also announced a total of 107 fatalities recorded yesterday.

“The fatalities involve 43 cases in Selangor; 16 in Negri Sembilan; 11 in KL; seven each in Kedah and Melaka; six in Johor; four each in Sabah, Kelantan and Labuan; two each in Sarawak and Pahang; and one in Terengganu,” he said in a statement.

Additionally, 27 new clusters have been identified yesterday, while 1,934 clusters have been considered expired, bringing the total active clusters to 887.

Separately, a total of three factories and nine premises were ordered to close for breaching the Full Movement Control Order’s (FMCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said starting from July 1, additional restrictions will be placed on entry to Labuan, where arrivals will have to take the RT-PCR Covid-19 test three days prior to admission.

“Compulsory quarantine will be placed on travellers, in which 10 days at home are compulsory for Labuan residents, 10 days at home or hotel for civil servants and 13 days at the hotel for foreign visitors from abroad,” he said in a statement yesterday.

In addition, the transporter daily card user must take the PCR test every two weeks and an antigen rapid test kit every week.

“Sign-on is allowed for citizens only and it is mandatory to undergo a 14-day quarantine where on the 10th day, they must take the RT-PCR test.

“Priority will be given to individuals who have taken the vaccine,” he said.

The sign-off will be allowed with a 14-day quarantine and the RT-PCR test is mandatory, while the Kumpit Ship is temporarily suspended.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri announced that the Enhanced MCO (EMCO) will be implemented at various locations, namely three localities in Petaling, Selangor; Kampung Kubang Jela, Mukim Manir, Kuala Terengganu; Kampung Balung Cocos, Tawau, Sabah; and two localities in KL from July 1 until July 14.

Meanwhile, the EMCO in Penampang, Sabah, expired yesterday.

Similarly, the order will end today in Taman Ehsan, Kudat, Sabah; two villages in Kuching, Sarawak; two localities in Kalabakan, Sabah; two localities in Tawau, Sabah; two localities in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah; and Kampung Taun Gusi Peninting, Kota Belud, Sabah.

On SOP breaches, 680 individuals were detained out of which 659 were compounded and 20 remanded.

The offences included failure to comply with physical distance, interstate travelling without permission, dine-ins, failure to wear a face mask and carrying more than the allowed number of passengers, among others.