It is projected that by Jun 14th, Malaysia’s daily COVID-19 cases could hit the 13,000 mark. According to the Health Ministry, such a scenario may happen if measures for COVID-19 are not adhered to.
If the citizens do not comply with the SOPs, the projected 13,000 cases could very well be a reality. The projected figures come from modelling data published on Monday, May 31st.
Record 9,020 cases in end May
Since April this year, the number of new cases has only been rising in the country. On May 29th, a record high of 9,020 new cases was reported. The numbers however, have been slowly declining since then.
On Monday evening, Health Director-General, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the country is “not out of the woods yet”.
In a tweet, he said “Please stay at home and embrace self-lockdown. If you need to attend to urgent matters please adhere to all SOPs. Pray that this lockdown will flatten the curve in time.”
During the recent months, there has been a spike in numbers. The highly transmissible variants reported from other countries could account for the recent cases.
On Tuesday, Malaysia began a two-week national lockdown in an attempt to flatten the rate of infections. By doing so, most economic sectors will close to lessen the infection rate. Shopping malls are also shut in the process.
However, for basic necessities, supermarkets and other food premises are still allowed to operate. To buy essentials or medical services, only two people from each household are allowed to go out. There is a movement limit of a 10km radius in place as well.
On Tuesday Jun 1st, 7,105 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the country. In total, Malaysia now has 579,462 cases. There are 80,474 currently active or infectious cases.
Culmination of cases
More than a third of the new cases originate from the Klang Valley. There were 817 cases coming from Kuala Lumpur, while 2,068 cases came from Selangor. Penang has 400 new cases while Johor has 431. Sarawak on the other hand, has 703 new infections.
Yesterday 71 more COVID-19 fatalities were announced by the Health Ministry. The figure is made up of 69 locals and 2 foreigners, all between the ages 27 to 93.
At this current moment, the death toll from COVID-19 in Malaysia stands at 2,867 people.
In the intensive care units (ICUs), there are currently a record 872 patients. Out of this number, 419 of those patients require respiratory support.
On Saturday, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham said that medical personnel are forced to prioritise ICU beds. Beds will be given for patients with high recovery potential instead of those with a poor prognosis. This is because the number of active COVID-19 cases are overwhelming the treatment capacity of hospitals.
This “difficult choice” is faced by medical frontliners, says Dr Noor Hisham.
Morgues are full
Government hospital morgues are at capacity says Dr Noor Hisham. As such, accommodating the increasing number of fatalities is challenging for the authorities.
Special containers provided by the forensic medical unit are used to store the corpses as a result.
On Tuesday, 27 new clusters were also identified by the Health Ministry. This is another record set. There are currently 668 active clusters in Malaysia.
Three clusters are linked to religious activities while thirteen clusters were from workplaces. Three out of eight community clusters in Sarawak, Kelantan and Perak are linked to festive household visiting activities.
Education institutions were linked to two other clusters while an elderly care centre in Kuala Lumpur is linked to the remaining cluster.
2nd June 2021 23:00
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