Record 9,180 COVID-19 cases, third nationwide lockdown

Record 9,180 new COVID-19 cases, ICU patients in Malaysia amid third nationwide lockdown

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia reported a new daily record of 9,180 new COVID-19 cases on Friday (Jul 9) with nearly 960 patients in intensive care as the country remained under its third nationwide lockdown.  Malaysia’s previous new daily case record was on May 29 when it saw 9,020 infections. The country’s previous high of 952 critically ill patients was on Thursday.

Covid 19 cases in Malaysia

Health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said that Selangor recorded the highest number of new cases at 4,400, followed by Kuala Lumpur with 1,271 cases. There were also 899 infections in the neighboring state Negeri Sembilan. The teams in charge of Covid 19 detection identified 406 cases  in Sarawak and 315 in Johor.

Dr Noor Hisham said 959 patients were in the intensive care unit, with 465 who needed respiratory support. The country’s previous high of 952 critically ill patients was on Thursday. The country registered 77 more fatalities, aged 33 to 87, taking the national death toll to 5,980.

Seven of the victims were classified as “brought in dead”. The government identified thirty new COVID-19 clusters, taking the number of active clusters in the country to 865.

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Voluntary covid 19 screening

Dr Noor Hisham said the increase in new cases in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur was due to targeted COVID-19 screening. They conducted the screening at emergency movement control order (EMCO) areas and factories. Many individuals in the Klang Valley area also voluntarily stepped forward for testing, he added.

Malaysia previously reported a record 9,020 coronavirus cases on May 29, encouraging stricter safety measures in certain states before a third nationwide lockdown was imposed on Jun 1.

Despite the strict restrictions, cases in the past week have been on the uptrend increasing from the 6,000 range to more than 8,800 cases on Thursday.

Until daily cases fell below 4,000, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin previously said that the government will not ease the curb .

The rush in infections also comes amid a political struggle, with the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) on Wednesday . Also withdrawing its support for Muhyiddin and calling for his resignation.

As of Friday, Malaysia has reported a total of 817,838 COVID-19 cases of which 80,665 are currently active or infectious.

Source: CNA/zl

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