Selangor tops in new infections

PETALING JAYA: Selangor again recorded the highest number of new Covid-19 cases at 8,500 – with 72% of the positive cases detected via screenings at clinics or private laboratories, says Health director- general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“This scenario was also seen in several other states. This indicates that the level of awareness has increased on getting Covid-19 tests, especially if there are symptoms,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Of the new cases in Selangor, a total of 4,884 (57.46%) were from screenings of close contacts, while 3,440 (40.47%) were from other screenings.

Kuala Lumpur reported 2,045 cases and Kedah had 1,216 yesterday.

The number of Covid-19 infections in the country had also surpassed the one million mark, as another record of 17,045 cases were reported.

Of the new cases, 97.5% were either asymptomatic or with mild symptoms. The other 2.5% of patients were diagnosed with pneumonia or severe symptoms.

Malaysia has now reported a cumulative total of 1,013,438 cases since the first case was discovered in February last year.

There were 92 new deaths, bringing the cumulative total to 7,994 or 0.79% of all cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

Twenty-seven deaths were reported in Selangor, followed by Johor (23), Kuala Lumpur (12) and Negri Sembilan (11).

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham urged government contract doctors not to join any demonstration planned for today as that would mean abandoning their patients.

“Remember, many lives are on the line and the demonstration could affect lives and even your careers,” he appealed in a Facebook post.

He said while their desire to continue serving the ministry in a permanent post was understandable, the government had announced a two-year extension of their contract positions.

In another development, Health deputy director-general (public health) Datuk Dr Chong Chee Kheong is reported to have said that Klang Valley residents who tested positive for Covid-19 would be told to stay home and monitor themselves, and that they could use the Health Assessment Tool, a feature in the MySejahtera app.

He said a digital home surveillance order would be sent to them through MySejahtera, although they did not have to wear a pink tag.

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