DG: Covid-19 cases surge to 7,654, record high of 943 patients in ICUs

A total of 103 deaths were reported, where 12 of them were classified as ‘brought in dead’ including a 21-year-old man with epilepsy


MALAYSIA has reached 7,654 new cases after 31 days of recording below 7,000 cases, while the number of patients currently being treated in the intensive care units (ICUs) also reached a record-high of 943, a month after nationwide lockdown.

Up to 450 patients are currently intubated, according to Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

More than half of new infections yesterday were reported in the Klang Valley where Selangor reported 3,260 infections, while 1,550 were detected in Kuala Lumpur.

A total of 103 deaths were reported, where 12 of them were classified as “brought in dead” including a 21-year-old man from Pahang who had a medical history of epilepsy. The death toll now stands at 5,677.

There are now 72,201 active Covid cases currently being treated nationwide, while the number of active clusters rose to 852 with an additional 21 new clusters detected in the last 24 hours.

From these new clusters, 11 were from workplace while nine were identified via community and one from a detention centre.

Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the government will step up thorough enforcement in terms of upward inspections of factories and commercial locations due to numerous violations of the prescribed standard operating of procedures (SOPs).

Yesterday, the Compliance Operations Task Force team executed 88,183 Covid-19 inspections and spot checks nationwide, including inspections of 2,798 factories, 17,349 business premises, 727 construction sites and 211 worker accommodation hostels.

Due to SOP violations, a total of 27 places, including factories, businesses, construction sites and employee dormitories, have been ordered to close.

Meanwhile, some areas in Pahang, Sabah and Sarawak will be placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) starting from July 8 to 21, namely Kampung Kerpal and Kampung Pinang in Rompin, Pahang, Kampung Sri Menanti in Tawau, Sabah, and Kampung Mambong in Kuching, Sarawak.

According to him, the implementation of EMCO in those areas is to assist early detection of infections and to ensure that those who are at risk remain safe.

Another area under EMCO is in Pulau Gaya, Kota Kinabalu, namely Kampung Kasuapan, Kampung Lok Urai, Kampung Pulau Gaya and Kampung Pondo.

Additionally, EMCO in Sabah’s Kampung Kuala Merotai, Kalabakan, is set to be lifted on July 9 following a decrease in cases.

Two more districts in Kunak, Sabah, scheduled to be lifted today are Kampung JKR Lama, Kampung Pangi Hujung and Kampung Kebayau in Kota Belud, and Kampung Likas in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.