Malaysia’s Covid-19 case rate has continued to climb, as the country reported a record 13,215 infections on Thursday (July 15).
In a tweet, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the country’s total cumulative number of cases stands at 880,782.
Selangor has the highest figure with 6,120 cases - a record for the state as well.
Negri Sembilan is second highest with 1,603 cases followed by Kuala Lumpur with 1,499 cases.
Another 118 more people in Malaysia have died due to Covid-19, says the Health Ministry.
In his daily Covid-19 press updates on Wednesday (July 14), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham said the country’s death toll is now 6,503.
Of the death cases, 108 were Malaysians, while 10 were foreign nationals.
Selangor has the most number of fatalities, with 46 deaths recorded.
The whole country will be able to move to Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) by early August if the country continues to see positive progress in its vaccination rates, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
This is one of the three thresholds required to progress to Phase Two.
Ismail Sabri said more than 10% of the population have already been fully inoculated under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).
“These developments give the impression that the country is on the right track in an effort to achieve herd immunity.
A total of 68 premises were ordered to close by the Covid-19 SOP compliance task force on Tuesday (July 13), says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Ismail Sabri said of the 68 premises, 23 were factories, 43 were business premises and two were construction sites.
The task force, he added, also carried out 80,827 checks and snap inspections nationwide, involving 20,005 enforcement personnel.
Enforcement officers carried out 2,257 checks on factories, business premises (11,417), construction sites (1,148) and workers' hostels (268).
The Health Ministry yesterday (July 13) carried out 131,706 Covid-19 tests, both RT-PCR and RTK-Ag, the highest over a two-week period.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the high number of targeted screening exercise in the Klang Valley subsequently led to a surge in daily number of Covid-19 cases.
"We still have the capacity to carry out more testing, especially at private labs. This capacity will be fully utilised to conduct more Covid-19 screening in a strategic manner," he said in a statement today.
Five localities in East Malaysia will be placed under the enhanced movement control order for 14 days from July 16 to 29, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Four of them are in Sabah and one of them is in Sarawak, Ismail Sabri said in a statement on Wednesday (July 14).
The localities are Kampung Jagoi Duyoh in Kuching, Sarawak while the localities in Sabah that are affected are Kampung Lubak in Beaufort, three blocks of the Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Taman Mesra in Sandakan, Blok Angsana and Blok Sumboi-Sumboi of Kampung Seberang Benoni in Papar, as well as Kampung Melalam in Sipitang.
The Health Ministry has given conditional approval for Covid-19 home test kits to be used by the Malaysian public.
In a statement, the Medical Device Authority (MDA) said its board members at a meeting on Wednesday (July 14) had agreed to issue conditional approval for the import and distribution of Covid-19 self-test kits.
“Taking into account the importance of public health and safety, the MDA is aware of the need for the public to use Covid-19 self-test kits.
Malaysia recorded 11,618 more Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (July 14), another new daily record.
This bring the country’s cumulative total of infections since the pandemic began to 867,567 cases.
Selangor remained the state with the most number of cases, with 5,051 new infections reported while Kuala Lumpur is second with 1,749 cases, followed by Negri Sembilan with 1,537.
A total of 67 factories, business premises and construction sites have been ordered to close for failure to adhere to Covid-19 standard operating procedures, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said this came after the SOP compliance operations task force conducted 90,214 inspections nationwide on Monday (July 12).
"It includes checks on 2,285 factories, 16,822 business premises, 1,015 construction sites and 456 workers' hostels.
Covid-19 cases are expected to increase over a week or two before it stabilises, says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
“We projected that the number of cases from July 3 will increase. This has been a week, and we anticipate that it will go up for a week or two, before cases will stabilise.
“With our lockdown measures, we saw our cases go down from 9, 000 to around 4, 000, but suddenly it has gone up again.
“One of the reasons is because of the Delta Covid-19 variant, which has an infectivity rate of 5 to 8 in R0 value.
Vaccination is the best way to address the worsening Covid-19 situation in Malaysia, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
The Health director-general said this is proven with the decreasing number of hospitalisations among those who had received two vaccination doses.
“Among our health workers who had received two vaccination doses, 2,779 were infected after that.
“A majority of them are Category 1 and 2 who have mild or no symptoms. Only three people are in Category 3, and three in Category 4.
Another 125 people died from Covid-19 nationwide today, raising the cumulative fatality count to 6,385 since the pandemic spread in Malaysia last year.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also announced 972 which topped yesterday’s 963 record high of Covid-19 patients that have been warded in the intensive care units (ICU).
He said 456 of those in ICU need ventilators.