Kelantan records highest infectivity rate in Malaysia


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 18 Apr 2021

KOTA BARU (Bernama): Kelantan on Sunday (April 18) recorded the highest Covid-19 infectivity rate (Rt) or R-nought (R0) in the country, at 1.32, compared with the national rate of 1.19.

Read more here: Covid-19: 2,195 new cases bring total to 375,054

Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob said that this was due to a drastic surge in the number of Covid-19 cases, forcing the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) in seven districts in the state from Friday until April 29.

To date, he said that the results of tests on 2,627 samples had yet to be obtained.

Even more worryingly, beds at hospitals and Covid-19 Quarantine and Low Risk Treatment Centres (PKRC) were filled.

"A total of 23% of cases detected did not involve close contacts, which indicates that community infection is very high.

"Schools in MCO areas have been ordered to close as 30% of the infections involving school staff. Several measures will be taken to overcome the proliferation of Covid-19 at places of work, schools, mosques and communities," he said in a statement here Sunday.

Ahmad said that the state government also urged Muslims in the state to hold solat hajat (prayers) in mosques and at home to curb the spread of Covid-19.

He said that Muslims were also asked to increase the reading of the Quran, and to give alms during the period.

On Saturday (April 17), Kelantan recorded 225 new cases and 28 active clusters.

Earlier, the Kelantan Education Department directed all schools and educational institutions in seven districts under MCO to be closed from Sunday until April 24. – Bernama

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In Nation

Climbers disobeyed rules, says Johor Forestry Dept
Floods: Hundreds of houses in Kuala Kedah affected after heavy rain, high tide
Fisherman feared drowned after falling overboard on way back from squid-jigging trip
Law needed to protect media practitioners, says Geramm
From Kota Tinggi with love: A preschool teacher's journey to educating kids in Sabah
Continue to serve with devotion, PM urges educators on Teachers' Day
Benedick offers himself as next Upko president
Tourism players propose direct Singapore-Sandakan flights
Licensed homestays allowed, says Penang govt
Cops looking into accident involving outrider in front of KL mall

Others Also Read