By S. Harrish
THERE were 660 new Covid-19 cases and four deaths in the past 24 hours.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new cases bring the total number of infections in the country to 16,880 while the death toll now stands at 163.
It is the eighth straight day the country reported increasing number of active Covid-19 cases.
There are 101 patients in the intensive care unit, of which 32 require ventilators.
There were 443 cases in Sabah, followed by Selangor (76) and Kedah (60) while Sarawak recorded no new cases.
The deaths were all in Sabah.
Dr Noor Hisham said there were six new clusters detected.
They are the Semarak, Bina, Sabindo and Bestari clusters in Sabah, the Bah Kenangan cluster in Selangor and the Penjara Jawi cluster in Penang.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin asked everyone to pray that the nation will not be put under movement control order again like in March, as the new third wave of Covid-19 cases keeps increasing.
“I would like to say please pray no MCO, even though some may like it to happen or want to sit at home with their husbands or wives. But this will bring a big effect on the economy and social sector,” he said during a virtual press conference today.
He also reiterated that there were no double standards with Cabinet members when it comes to observing Covid-19 SOPs.
Coming under criticism for not wearing the Health Ministry’s pink band despite being in quarantine, Muhyiddin said he was only following the instructions given by health officials.
“As far as I’m concerned, there are no double standards. The law does not apply separately. It will be applied to my ministers and their deputies too,” he said.
He added that he was 15m away in the opposite table from Religious Affairs Minister Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad, who tested positive for Covid-19.
“If MOH had instructed me to do so I would have worn it…but the impression made by people was that there was special treatment,” he said.