KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 – Malaysia has recorded 30 new Covid-19 cases today, out of which 21 are from Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) localities, leaving nine community transmissions.
Today’s nine community transmissions are the lowest since 30 cases nearly two weeks ago on April 23.
No imported cases were reported today. The total number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Malaysia is 6,383 cases.
Out of the 30 new cases, 23 were reported in Kuala Lumpur, five in Selangor, and two in Sarawak. None of the other states or federal territories recorded any cases today.
“The Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced that 83 cases have recovered and were allowed to be discharged today. This brings the total cases that have fully recovered from Covid-19 and have been discharged from wards are 4,567 cases (71.55 per cent of total cases),” said Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement.
Twenty-four cases are being treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and from that, eight cases require ventilator support. This is the first time Malaysia has recorded cases on ventilator support at single digits since a nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 18 and partially lifted on May 4.
One death was reported today, making the coronavirus death toll to stand at 106 cases (1.66 per cent from total cases).
The 106th death (Patient 830) was a 47-year-old male Malaysian citizen. He was admitted to a private hospital on March 15, 2020 and was later transferred to Hospital Sungai Buloh on March 16 after being positively diagnosed with Covid-19. He was pronounced dead on May 5 at 2.10am.
Separately, Dr Noor Hisham said that despite the revocation of EMCO in Pusat Bandar Utara and the areas surrounding Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur (PBKL) yesterday, EMCO in Parcel C, D, E1, E2, E3 dan F of Pusat Bandar Utara was extended until May 12.
“As of May 5, 2020, at noon, a total of 180 Covid-19 positive cases involving this cluster have been reported, of which 100 cases were located within the EMCO areas and 80 cases were detected outside the EMCO areas. This total includes traders and non-traders such as traders’ families, visitors and those with close contact of those diagnosed under the cluster. One death was also recorded in this cluster, which is Patient 5252.”
The PBKL cluster was also found to be associated with the Sri Petaling tabligh cluster, where the index case (i.e. Patient 3039) of the PBKL cluster was one of the participants of the tabligh event.
From the 80 cases that were detected outside of the PBKL EMCO area, 29 cases were found via screening at four separate public markets.
Out of 75 people tested at Pasar Besar Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, three were positive, 71 were negative and one is waiting for results.
Out of 182 people screened at Pasar Besar Bahau, Negeri Sembilan, two were positive, 178 were negative and two are waiting for results.
At Pasar Besar Jalan Othman Petaling Jaya, 545 people were screened — 23 were positive and 522 were negative.
As for Pasar Besar Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya, out of 142 that were tested, one was positive and 141 were negative.
“Following the spread of the Covid-19 infection, several preventive measures and measures have been taken, including, traders or wholesalers who wish to trade or enter PBKL are required to go for Covid-19 screening tests and show their test results.
“MOH with the help of relevant agencies has identified a number of relevant daily markets or has a number of traders dealing with the PBKL. The District Health Office has been notified of the risk assessment of Covid-19 infection by traders who have come to these markets,” said the DG.
The ministry has also conducted screenings of traders for symptoms and RT-PCR testing on those with respiratory tract infections; and for those who do not have symptoms and do not have samples taken, they should monitor their health using the Home Assessment Tool and immediately notify the nearest District Health Office if they have any symptoms.