Positive cases remain above 9,000 for 3 days straight

Infections in both Selangor and KL continued to remain high with 4,682 and 1,247 respectively

by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / pic by TMR FILE

NEW Covid-19 cases in the country have stayed above the 9,000 mark for the past three days, recording at 9,105 yesterday and brought Malaysia’s cumulative active cases to 87,841 or 10.5%, said Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Up to 91 deaths were reported yesterday while 961 patients were being treated in the intensive care unit and 455 required breathing assistance.

Infections in both Selangor and Kuala Lumpur (KL) continued to remain high with 4,682 and 1,247 respectively. “A total of 91 death cases yesterday involving 34 in Selangor, KL (21), Negri Sembilan (12), Melaka (eight), Johor (six), Pahang (three), Kelantan (two) and one case each in Sarawak, Penang, Perak, Kedah and Labuan.

“Based on the latest data on Saturday, Malaysia’s infectivity rate (Rt) is 1.13.

“The state that recorded the highest Rt value was Putrajaya at 1.2 while other states that recorded Rt value above one were KL, Selangor, Melaka, Kedah, Perak, Pahang, Sabah, Terengganu, Negri Sembilan, Penang and Johor,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement.

Other states with high cases including Negri Sembilan (541), Johor (392), Kedah (382) and Pahang (300).

The Health Ministry said the increase in cases has been expected due to the massive screening conducted in the Klang Valley.

However, positive cases are expected to decline within the next two weeks as the effects of Enhanced Movement Control Order started to take shape coupled with the faster vaccination rate.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said based on the data collected by the World Health Organisation (WHO), several key factors have been detected contributing to the rises in positive cases including the new variants which have more serious impacts on individuals and more contagious.

“WHO through the Covid-19 Technical Committee in a recent press conference released an analysis of the latest findings on the development of Covid-19 cases globally.

“In Africa, an increasing rate of infection has risen to 16.7% while the eastern Mediterranean recorded 16.4%.

“Analysis for countries in Europe also recorded about 33% increase in infection rate and 8.6% in SouthEast Asia,” he said in a separate statement.

He added that the progress of daily vaccination rates in Malaysia has already surpassed the world’s average per capita vaccination rate with the targeted 300,000 injections daily being achieved.

“This gives the impression that we are on track in the effort to achieve herd immunity in the near future and allow us to return to normalcy,” he said.

On the spike of cases among the manufacturing and construction sectors, Ismail Sabri said 63 premises including factories, business establishments and construction sites were ordered for closure yesterday.

“As announced previously, the government has improved the overall enforcement in terms of the inspections at factories and business premises due to the high number of violations recorded against the government directives and gazetted standard operating procedures.

“On Saturday, the Compliance Operations Task Force conducted 83,068 inspections and Covid-19 snap checks nationwide involving 19,661 officers.

“The operation involved 1,915 factories, 18,278 business premises, 574 construction sites and 192 employee accommodations,” he said.