Selangor Journal
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah during a press briefing on the latest Covid-19 update at the Health Ministry in Putrajaya, on April 27, 2020. — Picture by BERNAMA

22 positive cases today, third lowest since MCO started

PUTRAJAYA, May 17 — A total of 22 positive Covid-19 cases were recorded today, the third-lowest since the movement control order (MCO) came into force on March 18.

Prior to this, the second-lowest number of positive cases was recorded yesterday with 17 cases while the lowest was achieved on May 12, with 16 cases.

Health Ministry (MOH) director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said out of the 22 new cases today, five were imported cases while 17 more were local transmissions involving non-Malaysians.

“This brings the total number of Covid-19 positive cases in the country to 6,894 while the number of active infectivity cases is 1,210,” he said at the daily media conference on Covid-19 here today.

Dr Noor Hisham said there were 59 recoveries reported today, bringing the total number of those who have fully recovered and discharged to 5,571 cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said there were no Covid-19 related deaths recorded, and the death toll in Malaysia remains at 113 cases.

He said 13 Covid-19 patients were being treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with seven requiring ventilators.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said the number of positive cases linked to inter-state travel, is very alarming, especially when they continued to occur even with the conditional MCO (CMCO) enforced.

“To date, a total of 917 Covid-19 positive cases (14.1 per cent) from the total cases (6,894) have a history of inter-state travel.

“Malaysia had previously recorded 49 clusters in total, of which 18 of them were linked to inter-state travel. Ten clusters (inter-state) are still active,” he said.

In this regard, Dr Noor Hisham advised the public to be alert during the upcoming festive season as this could be a catalyst for the spread of Covid-19 infection to areas which have been categorised as a green zone.

— Bernama

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