PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases remained above the 5,000 mark as the country entered the 16th day of lockdown.
In his daily Covid-19 press statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 5,150 new cases recorded yesterday, slightly lower than the previous day’s 5,419 infections.
Recoveries, however, continued to be higher than new cases for the 10th straight day – with 7,240 patients discharged in the same period.
As a result, active cases continued on a downward trend with 67,949 registered yesterday.
On June 6, the number of active cases in Malaysia reached its peak, at 86,628.
Since the pandemic began, Malaysia has recorded 616,815 positive cases and 526,809 recoveries.
Out of the 5,150 new cases yesterday, 37% (1,914 cases) were recorded in Selangor.
Of the state’s total, 54% (1,040 cases) of it were detected from contact tracing activities, while another 268 cases were linked to clusters, other than 606 sporadic cases.
Meanwhile, 73 more people died, with 33 of the deaths recorded in Selangor, bringing the country’s Covid-19 death toll to 4,142.
The casualties involve 62 Malaysians and 11 foreign nationals.
Other states recording deaths are Kuala Lumpur (six), Negri Sembilan (six), Kedah (six), Sarawak (six), Labuan (four), Sabah (three), Melaka (three), Johor (three), Pahang (two) and Kelantan (one).
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said despite the decreasing trend of cases shown after two weeks of national lockdown, the number of ICU cases remained unaffected.
“The number of Covid-19 cases in ICU have not shown any significant change.
“This is due to the emergence of various new variants that have caused patients in critical condition to deteriorate faster,” Dr Noor Hisham said in urging the public to continue adhering to the Covid-19 preventive measures so that efforts to combat the pandemic will not be in vain.