KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — More social sectors, including education, may be reopened after June 9 if Malaysia can sustain a trend of low daily Covid-19 cases, health authorities said.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) recorded the lowest number of new cases for the second day consecutively at 10 today, following 15 yesterday. This brings the total number of infected cases to 7,629.
“Our concern is the festive season. Now, next week and the following week, if we can monitor the cases daily and if we can sustain our achievement in terms of our daily cases, if we can continue to have lower double digits or even a single digit, then on the 9th of June we’ll make a decision,” Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah told a press conference.
“If we can sustain until 9th of June, taking account the festive season, then perhaps we will open up more social sectors, as well as the education sector.
“So the timing is important, and this is why we are very cautious before we make any changes to our policy,” said Dr. Noor Hisham.
All the 10 new reported cases today were local transmissions, comprising five Malaysians and five foreigners. A total of 86 patients have recovered, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 6,169.
A total of 1,345 are still being treated at hospitals nationwide. Eight patients are currently receiving treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU), with four under ventilator support, said the Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah
No new casualties were also reported today, leaving the death toll at 115 cases.
To date, 283 Covid-19 cases were reported at the Bukit Jalil immigration detention centre; 66 cases, including one staff at the Semenyih immigration detention centre; and 36 cases at the Sepang immigration detention centre. No deaths were reported among the total of 385 Covid-19 patients from these three clusters.
Dr Noor Hisham also urged the public to work hand in hand with the ministry to ensure they comply with the standard operating procedures (SOP) to curb Covid-19 transmission and lower new cases.