Covid-19 Hits KL Hardest This Year

KL, Selangor, Putrajaya, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, and Penang recorded higher Covid-19 incidence this year as of April 6 than the nationwide rate of 702 cases per 100,000 population.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 — The Klang Valley recorded the highest Covid-19 incidence in Malaysia so far this year, with Kuala Lumpur taking top spot, followed by Selangor and Putrajaya.

According to data released by Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on Twitter today, the incidence rate of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population between January 1 and April 6 this year was 1,290 in Kuala Lumpur, followed by Selangor (1,257 per 100,000 population), and Putrajaya (941 per 100,000 population). 

Although Selangor reported 85,641 Covid-19 cases in that period, about 3.5 times higher than Kuala Lumpur’s 24,835 infections, Selangor’s population of 6.8 million people is also 3.5 times bigger than the capital city’s 1.9-million population.

Putrajaya, despite reporting only 902 coronavirus cases this year, had the third highest Covid-19 incidence rate in the country due to its small population of 95,900 people. 

Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya, Johor (908 cases per 100,000 population), Negeri Sembilan (817 cases per 100,000 population), and Penang (736 cases per 100,000 population) recorded higher Covid-19 incidence than the nationwide rate of 702 cases per 100,000 population in a 34.2 million population so far this year.

In just more than three months, Malaysia reported 240,319 Covid-19 cases as of April 6 this year. In every 100,000 people, 702 positive Covid-19 cases were detected nationwide. The incidence rate enables comparison across communities as it measures the number of Covid-19 cases per unit of population. 

Sabah, which was the previous epicentre of the third Covid-19 wave in Malaysia late last year, had a much lower Covid-19 incidence rate at 442 per 100,000 population, 10th highest in the country.

Meanwhile, the lowest Covid-19 incidence rate in Malaysia was reported in Perlis (108 per 100,000 population). 

This year, Selangor reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases (85,641 cases), followed by Johor (36,120 cases), and Kuala Lumpur (24,835 cases). 

Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, Penang, Johor, Kelantan, and Sarawak are currently under the implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), while Kedah, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya, and Labuan are under the implementation of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). 

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