Covid-19: 153 deaths, another record broken

This brought the overall death rate due to the pandemic to 7,019 cases, while new positive cases decline to 10,710

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

YESTERDAY’S Covid-19 fatalities was the highest recorded in the country to-date, at 153, following Saturday’s 138.

This brought the overall death rate due to the pandemic to 7,019 cases.

New positive cases, meanwhile, saw a slight dip with 10,710.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said out of the total number of new cases, 12 were imported while the rest were locally transmitted.

“This has increased the active cases nationwide to 124,593 and cumulative total to 916,561, where 909 are undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit while 445 of them have been intubated,” he said in his daily Covid-19 update.

From yesterday’s new cases, Dr Noor Hisham said 95 patients were in category five, which is the most critical, while 45 in category four requiring oxygen aid.

“In category three, 91 patients have lung inflammation, followed by 4,162 patients with light symptoms and lastly, 6,317 patients were asymptomatic,” he said on Twitter.

He added that with the average total of 21 days for category five patients, and 14 days for category four, hospitals are faced with heavy burdens.

Selangor continued to record the highest number of cases in the country with 4,828, followed by Kuala Lumpur (945) and Johor (808).

States with the lowest numbers were Perlis with five, followed by Labuan with 50 and Putrajaya with 51.

A total of 5,778 patients have recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 784,949 nationwide.

Separately, authorities were ordered to prepare for the influx of motorists attempting to travel interstate for the Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration, which falls on Tuesday.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said a total of 381,952 vehicles were inspected at roadblocks nationwide on Saturday.

“For the record, the highest number of vehicles recorded were on July 16 with a total of 4,839 cars since the National Recovery Plan was implemented.”

He warned people against returning to their hometowns to avoid possibly transmitting Covid-19 to their friends and relatives.

“The increase in cases and clusters caused by interstate travel and visitations during Hari Raya Aidilfitri should be a lesson for those who take the standard operating procedures (SOPs) lightly,” he said.

Meanwhile, 14 areas will be put under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO), mostly in Sabah as well as Perak, Sarawak and Kelantan, from July 20 until Aug 2.

Similarly, the EMCO will be extended for Kampung Serudung Baru, Tawau, Sabah on the same dates.

On the other hand, the EMCO will be lifted today for Kampung Jambatan Baru, Sabah; Kampung Titingan, Sabah; Kuarters Ladang Lepan Kabu and a part of Kampung Pahi, Kelantan; CLQ Gamuda Garden, Rawang and Mukim Batang Padang and Mukim Bidor, Perak.

Ismail Sabri also said 62 factories, business premises, construction sites and workers’ dormitories were ordered to close on Saturday for failure to comply with the SOPs.