Sixteen new Covid-19 cases were recorded today, the lowest daily figure since the implementation of the Movement Control Order on March 18, bringing the cumulative cases in Malaysia to 6,742.
The previous record was on May 5, when there were 30 new Covid-19 cases.
No new death was reported today, death toll in the country remained at 109.
Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said among the new cases, nine were non-Malaysians.
He said three were imported cases, the remaining were local transmissions.
“A total of 110 patients were discharged today, bringing the total of recovered patients to 5,223, which is 77.5 percent of the overall cases. There are 1,410 active cases being treated at the country’s health facilities at present.
“Currently, 16 are being treated at intensive care units with three on ventilator support,” he said at the daily Covid-19 press conference today.
Dr Noor Hisham declared the responsibility now is no longer on just the authorities, but also the public playing their role in fighting the coronavirus by adhering to rules set under the conditional movement control order.
“Now the onus is not just on the shoulders of the ministry and the government but also on each individual in the country,” he said.
“Social compliance is important, social discipline is important and social responsibility…this is a responsibility of all of us.”
The firm reminder came amid concern over the government’s move to ease restrictions on movement, after countries like South Korea, held as the paramount example of public policy success against the pandemic, saw a spike in new cases.
Since the CMCO, critics have warned about complacency after photos and videos surfaced on social media showing the public failing to comply with federal health guidelines in business premises.
Despite expressing satisfaction with the compliance rate Dr Noor Hisham himself took painstaking effort to remind the public of the need to practice self-discipline.
Still, he also expressed confidence that Malaysians can do it.
“We have to make history if we want to be successful…we have to come together as one,” the health D-G said.
“If all of us put the effort, I’m sure we can do it, Malaysia boleh,” he said, using the Malay language cheer of a “can-do” attitude.