Only 10 new cases of Covid-19 in last 24 hours

PUTRAJAYA: Only 10 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said, bringing the total number to 7,629.

There were also no deaths, with the toll remaining at 115, health director general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

The new cases are all local transmissions, with five involving foreign nationals.

Noor Hisham said at his daily press briefing here that 86 patients have recovered and been discharged, bringing the total to 6,169, or 80.9% of the number.

A total of 1,345 are still being treated, with eight in the intensive care unit (ICU), including  four requiring respiratory assistance.

Noor Hisham said there has been a downward trend in infections among locals since the conditional movement control order (CMCO) began on May 4.

He said 1,189 cases were recorded during the CMCO period with 270 (22.7%) cases involving locals and the remaining involving foreign nationals.

They include 383 cases at the three Immigration depots in Bukit Jalil, Semenyih and KLIA.

“This could not have been achieved without the cooperation and adherence of the people to the government’s advice and standard operating procedures, along with enforcement activities of the various government agencies,” he said.

He said these continued efforts will help ensure the chain of Covid-19 infections is broken.

Noor Hisham also said the Hotspot Tracker, which is part of the MySejahtera app, can help people adapt to daily life, including planning their journey and identifying Covid-19 risk areas.

“This function will help people know if (Covid-19) cases have been reported in a 1km radius in an area in the past 28 days.

“The people are urged against non-essential travel to areas which pose a risk of Covid-19 infections,” he said.

Elaborating on the CMCO strategy, Noor Hisham said it has been proven fruitful and now the question was when a change in strategy is needed.

“Our concern is the festive season, if we can sustain our achievement in terms of daily cases, if we can continue to have lower double-digit or single digit cases, then on June 9 we can decide on opening up more social sectors as well as the education sector,” he said.

He hoped the public would continue giving their cooperation and maintaining social discipline and compliance to help break the chain of Covid-19 infections.

On the health issues of migrants, Noor Hisham said they needed to be viewed holistically so that a long-term solution can be found.

He said the ministry was not only worried about Covid-19 but also other infectious diseases such as tuberculosis.

“We need to find a solution to stop diseases spreading among the migrants,” he said, adding that the ministry would discuss the matter with other ministries and NGOs to find the way forward.

Noor Hisham also advised people to bring their own pens to register at shops or restaurants. “If you (don’t have a pen) but need to write, sanitise your hand and the pen if you are worried it is used by other people.”

He also said the authorities were looking at a QR code as part of the MySihat application to avoid the need for manual registration.

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