Health Ministry: Malaysia adds 6,658 Covid-19 cases as Selangor racks up over 3,000

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Healthcare workers collect swab samples to test for Covid-19 at the Selcare Clinic in Shah Alam June 24, 2021. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
Healthcare workers collect swab samples to test for Covid-19 at the Selcare Clinic in Shah Alam June 24, 2021. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, July 3 — Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 cases only fell marginally to 6,658 today, propped up by the 3,047 recorded in Selangor alone.

Malaysia has hovered around 7,000-mark cases for the past two days, after recording 6,988 and 6,982 on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

After Selangor, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah disclosed that Negri Sembilan was the next highest with 688 cases, ahead of Kuala Lumpur with 616.

Johor was the next highest with 414 cases, ahead of Sarawak (361), Melaka (345), Sabah (322), Pahang (200), Kedah (145), Penang (142), Labuan (108), Perak (101), Kelantan (89), Terengganu (51), Putrajaya (16) and Perlis (two).

Dr Noor Hisham also revealed that the national infectivity rate (Rt) currently stands at 1.07, based on yesterday’s caseload.

Pahang has the highest Rt value at 1.27.

However, it is one of five states that has been cleared by the government to shift into a slightly more relaxed phase under the National Recovery Plan (NRP) from Monday, one that will see certain socio-economic curbs lifted, such as the reopening of barber and hairdresser shops, book and stationery shops and morning wet markets as well a non-contact sports and cross border travel for currently separated married couples.

The other four states to enter Phase Two of the NRP are Perlis, Perak, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Other states and Federal Territories that recorded Rt above 1.0 are: Putrajaya (1.13), Selangor (1.07), Penang (1.07), Melaka (1.07), Kuala Lumpur (1.03) and Kedah (1.03).

Perak’s Rt stands at 1.00.

Dr Noor Hisham said there were 19 new Covid-19 clusters, including 16 from workplaces, two within the general community, and one in a detention centre.

He added that the clusters with the highest increase in new cases today are the Industri Seri Kembangan cluster (144 cases), Jalan Haji Taha cluster (121 cases) and Industri Sungai Sembrong cluster (43 cases).

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