Hours before MCO ends, new Covid-19 cases go above 2,000 again

Keertan Ayamany
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A health worker takes a break at the Covid-19 test site at Dewan Kebajikan Gombak Setia February 20, 2021. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
A health worker takes a break at the Covid-19 test site at Dewan Kebajikan Gombak Setia February 20, 2021. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — Malaysia’s new-Covid-19 cases rose to 2,063 today, ending the three-day streak of staying under the 2,000-case range and just before the remaining movement control order (MCO) will expire at midnight.

However, full recoveries continued to outpace fresh infections, with the 2,922 recorded over the past day resulting in an overall reduction of active cases.

According to the Health Ministry, another five people have died from Covid-19, raising the country’s death toll from the disease to 1,153.

Of today’s cases, nine were imported — comprising two Malaysians and seven non-Malaysians — while the remaining were local transmissions.

As for cases recorded by each state and Federal Territory, Selangor took the top spot with 630 new cases. This was followed by Sarawak (361 cases), Penang (337 cases), Johor (255 cases) and Kuala Lumpur (120 cases).

Labuan recorded no cases today, while Perlis, Melaka and Putrajaya were in the single-digit range with one, three and seven cases respectively.

Dr Noor Hisham said there are currently 193 Covid-19 patients warded in intensive care units (ICUs) across the country, with 99 of them needing breathing assistance.

In the past 24 hours, 14 new clusters were also recorded, with five in Selangor, six in Johor, two in Penang and one in Negri Sembilan.

Collectively, these clusters are responsible for 491 cases to date, with the Queens Waterfront building site cluster in Penang recording the most (145 cases).

In total, 490 clusters are still active out of the 1,177 clusters detected here since the arrival of the virus.

The recovery rate from Covid-19 in Malaysia stands at 92.1 per cent, while the death rate is 0.38 per cent.

Meanwhile, active cases — currently numbering 23,161 — make up 7.52 per cent of all cases recorded here.

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