A sharp spike in deaths.
Malaysia today recorded 98 deaths, the highest number of Covid-19 fatalities in a single day since the pandemic hit the country last year, bringing the total fatalities to 2,650.
All of the deceased were Malaysians, aged between 18 and 91. Eight of them were brought in dead at healthcare facilities, all of whom were aged 51 and above.
Most of the deaths were from Selangor (27), followed by Johor (14) and Kuala Lumpur (14), while Kedah and Negri Sembilan each recorded eight fatalities.
The oldest patient was a woman who died at the Sunway Hospital in Selangor. She had a history of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems.
The youngest patient was an 18-year-old man who died at the Tuanku Jaafar hospital in Seremban, Negri Sembilan. The deceased also suffered from asthma.
Most of the deaths involved patients with underlying medical conditions such as heart and chronic kidney diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problem, asthma, and stroke. Fifteen of them had chronic ailments.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that 5,527 had recovered from the coronavirus.
“There are 23 new clusters, bringing the number of active clusters at present to 630,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement on Saturday (May 29).
He said from April 1 to May 28, there have been 20 clusters related to interstate travel, contributing 1,420 cases.
“Of the total, states which reported the most number of clusters are Melaka (8) and Terengganu (3).
“Kelantan, Perak and Pahang each reported two clusters, respectively,” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham said the country was facing a challenge from community clusters emerging, especially sub-clusters involving festivals.
“From May 13 to 28, there were 26 clusters that originated from Hari Raya celebrations reported to the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre.
“A total of 1,019 cases were found to be positive from these clusters, or a 25.1% positivity rate,” he said.
States which recorded high numbers of Hari Raya sub-clusters were Sabah (seven clusters), Kelantan (five) while Johor, Melaka, Pahang, Selangor and Labuan each had two clusters.
“Such clusters are expected to increase and involve more states and districts.
“Even though the government has restricted visiting and celebrations, many people still ignore this directive and this has caused such clusters, ending up in deaths.
“As such, the Health Ministry urges the public not to repeat such behaviour for the coming Kaamatan and Hari Gawai celebrations,” Dr Noor Hisham urged.
He said this also applied to the Hari Raya celebrations, which normally go on for a month.
“The act of visiting one another and crossing districts is not allowed at all during the total lockdown from June 1 to 14, as announced by the Prime Minister,” he said.