67 new cases recorded, with no deaths

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia recorded 96 Covid-19 recoveries today against 67 new cases.

Of the 67 new cases, 49 involved foreign nationals.

At a press conference today, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said with the new cases, the total number of people infected with Covid-19 in the country stands at 6,656.

There were no new deaths, meaning the death toll stands at 108.

Some 18 patients are currently being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with six cases needing respiratory assistance. A total of 1,523 people are still being treated.

With today’s recoveries, the total number of people who have recovered and been discharged stands at 5,025.

Noor Hisham also said the ministry took note of the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) at the Jalan Othman market in Petaling Jaya.

“The EMCO was ordered after 27 Covid-19 cases were detected at the locality, including two cases outside of this area.

“The EMCO involves three zones and will take effect from May 10 to May 23.”

He also welcomed Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s announcement on the extension of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) until June 9.

This, he said, will allow the authorities more room to continue fighting Covid-19.

Foreign nationals

On the Covid-19 situation among foreign nationals, Noor Hisham said to date, 24,125 foreigners have been screened, with 4.7% testing positive.

He said 447 are still being treated, three of them in ICU. Some 641 have recovered so far, with four deaths.

“Screening and testing is still ongoing, especially in EMCO areas. Everyone will be screened, regardless of whether they are citizens or foreign nationals, in such places.”

Citing the example of the Jalan Othman market in Petaling Jaya, Noor Hisham said the ministry had identified 2,900 people, including locals and foreigners, who need to be screened.

Those who test positive, he said, will be isolated and treated. The same approach will be applied to all high-risk groups identified.

On the Setia Alam cluster, Noor Hisham said there were no new cases recorded today although active case detection is still ongoing.

“We still have that situation under control, so we may not implement an EMCO there.”

Noor Hisham said with foreign nationals, many of the cases involved the cramped living conditions under which they were staying

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