Malaysia: Covid-19 recovery rate exceeds 80%

KUALA LUMPUR: Another 73 Covid-19 (coronavirus) patients were cured and discharged from hospital in Malaysia over the past day, pushing the recovery rate to 80.2 percent, the Malaysian Health Ministry said on Saturday.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah told a press briefing that the total number of cured cases stood at 5,512 while there are 1,247 active cases.

Seventeen new cases were reported on Saturday, bringing the national total to 6,872.

Of those still receiving treatment, 13 are currently being held in intensive care and five of those are in need of assisted breathing. One more death had been reported, with the victim having suffered from pre-existing health problems, raising the total deaths to 113.

Malaysia has seen its Covid-19 cases on decline since the government imposed a Movement Control Order on March 18.

The restrictions were eased on May 4 to allow most economy to reopen, but activities involving large gathering are still banned and schools remain closed.

In a televised speech in conjunction with Malaysia's Teachers' Day on Saturday, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the government will follow the advice by the Health Ministry to set a date to reopen schools, and that the government would provide two weeks notice.

When schools are reopen, senior grade students in middle schools who are facing important exams for further studies would be prioritised to return to classroom.

Separately, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Nancy Shukri said the government has decided to allow the foreigners participating in the "Malaysia My Second Home" (MM2H) programme to enter Malaysia from Sunday.

Those who want to return need to undertake a 14-day compulsory quarantine at designated facilities upon arrival, she said.

Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a separate press conference that MM2H participants must be tested negative for Covid-19 before being allowed to return.

Under the movement control order, Malaysia maintain a tight border control to reduces imported virus cases, banning Malaysians from leaving the country and most foreigners from entering. Malaysians return from overseas are required to be quarantined for 14 days at designated quarantine centres.

The MM2H programme is promoted by the Malaysian government to allow foreigners who fulfill certain criteria, to stay in Malaysia for as long as possible on a multiple-entry social visit pass.

The social visit pass is initially for a period of 10 years and is renewable. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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