Fourth consecutive day of double-digit growth.
Malaysia has registered only 36 new Covid-19 positive cases today, making it the lowest daily number to date, the Ministry of Health (MoH) announced today.
There were also zero new deaths reported today. The last time this happened was roughly a month ago on March 19.
Total cases now stand at 5,425.
Director-general of health Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said said 98 patients have recovered, taking the number of patients discharged to 3,295.
He also said 45 patients are in intensive care, with 28 of them on respirators.
Noor Hisham revealed that a total of 28 positive Covid-19 cases and one fatality has been registered in the northern Kuala Lumpur area.
Twenty cases were detected yesterday, while eight more were confirmed today.
The deceased was a Myanmar national who was treated at the Selayang Hospital.
A total of 2,064 samples were taken from residents in the area, which was placed under an enhanced movement-control order today.
Noor Hisham said that his ministry hopes Malaysia will reach single-digit new Covid-19 cases next week, but breaking the chain of infection may take between three and six months.
He also said that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has predicted that Malaysia will still be at “war” with Covid-19 even until next year, unless vaccines for the coronavirus is found and made available to the public.
“WHO anticipated that we might have to go to war [against Covid-19) until the next year. The problem is how to plan and strategise until the next year.
“What is important today is we may be able to reduce the numbers of cases, but not end [the infection],” he said.
Noor Hisham said that the Ministry of Health might need to ensure that the people are still following public health advisory even when the movement control order (MCO) ends as long as the vaccine is not found.