Malaysia reported 172 more Covid-19 cases on Monday (May 25), bringing the country’s total infections to 7,417.
This is the first time in three weeks that the number of reported cases have gone into three digits, with the bulk of them detected at three Immigration detention centres.
Of the 172 new cases, five were imported cases while 167 were local transmissions and of the local transmissions, 159 were detected among foreigners, with 112 cases at three Immigration detention centres.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has expressed his gratitude to the frontliners still working on Hari Raya Aidilfitri to help curb the spread of Covid-19.
He said that even during Aidilfitri celebrations, operations like public sanitation, roadblocks and patrolling still needed to be carried out by health, police, army, fire brigade and People’s Volunteer Corps (RELA) personnel in efforts to fight the pandemic. “Yesterday (May 24) was the first day of Hari Raya, yet sanitation operations continued to be carried out. It means the frontliners, including hospital personnel, are involved too, and not just the police are carrying out monitoring activities.
Police ordered the drivers of 1,243 vehicles to turn around at highways yesterday after they were found to be trying to travel out of state without authorisation, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.
Most were trying to go back to their home towns to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri, he added.
“If we compare this, it was more than the day before, which was 1,158 vehicles,” said in his daily security briefing today.