Covid-19: 13,034 new cases, 134 deaths

Selangor and Putrajaya both recorded new highs yesterday with 6,049 and 100 new cases respectively

by NURUL SUHAIDI / pic by TMR FILE

MALAYSIA reported 13,034 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, the second highest after last week’s 13,215 record, pushing the cumulative figure to 964,918 cases.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said active cases currently stand at 142,051 of which, 938 patients have been placed in the intensive care units where 459 of them required ventilators.

Twenty-five new cases were imported while the rest were locally transmitted.

Selangor and Putrajaya both recorded new highs yesterday with 6,049 and 100 new cases respectively.

Kuala Lumpur (KL) recorded 1,611 new cases followed by Johor (791), Negri Sembilan (711), Kedah (701), Sarawak (644), Sabah (497), Penang (371), Perak (284) and Kelantan (240).

Overall, 1.6% of the cases reported yesterday were in Categories 3 to 5, and 98.4% of the cases were in Categories 1 and 2.

Death tolls remained three-digit at 134 yesterday. They were recorded from Selangor (39), KL (32), Negri Sembilan (18), Johor (15), Pahang (five), Kedah (four) Sabah (one).

Perak and Melaka recorded seven deaths respectively, meanwhile Penang and Terengganu had two deaths each.

Additionally, 8,436 patients had recovered and were discharged, increasing the total recovered cases to 815,293.

Dr Noor Hisham also announced 32 new clusters, bringing the new active clusters to 946 and a total of 3,361.

Meanwhile, Selayang Hospital announced that it has been turned into a full Covid-19 hospital effective Wednesday.

“Patients will be notified of the changes on their appointment dates soon. Their cooperation is very much appreciated,” it said on Facebook.

It is the third hospital in Selangor to be changed to a full Covid-19 hospital after the Sungai Buloh and Ampang hospitals.

Separately, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said long-distance couples and parents who have received both doses of Covid-19 vaccine shots may be allowed to travel interstate to meet their families when a relaxation of restrictions is announced.

He said the flexibility to allow long-distance families to meet was among matters being considered for those who have been fully vaccinated.

“The government is studying the proposal to allow couples and long-distance families to be reunited, more so if the parents have already received two doses of the vaccine.

“As a father, I am aware how important the family institution is and how it affects our lives in society. Even if it is a safety measure, parents should not be separated from their children for too long,” he said on Facebook yesterday.

Meanwhile, in a statement, Ismail Sabri announced that 25 localities in Sabah, Kelantan and Pahang will be placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) from July 24 to Aug 6.

He said the government had also agreed to lift EMCO in five localities as scheduled today in Bestgrade Industrial Estate, Pokok Sena, Kedah and four more in Sabah, namely, Kampung Mangkubau Laut, Pitas; Ladang Sabah Mas Division Segama, Lahad Datu; Felda Umas 1, 3 and 4, Kalabakan and Phase 4B, Taman Bukit Sepanggar, Kota Kinabalu.

Meanwhile, four factories and 30 business premises were ordered to close on Wednesday for failing to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Also on the same day, 525 individuals were arrested for violating the SOPs 449 were slapped with compounds, 68 remanded and eight were allowed bail.