Covid-19: Lowest number of new cases since Jan 11

By S. Harrish

THE number of new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia is expected to plateau after reaching a high of more 5,000 cases on Jan 31.

Health director general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the MCO implemented nationwide had managed to reduce the number of new cases with reduced infectivity rates.

Speaking at the Covid-19 daily update press conference, he said the number of new cases was expected to stabilise after Feb 13.

Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry hopes to bring the R-naught level to 0.5 from the high of 1.2 recorded at the height of new cases. The current level is 0.6.

“If that happens, we will halve the number of new cases and we hope to flatten the curve in March and April, and hopefully reach two digit cases in May.”

Meanwhile, he said there were 2,764 new cases today with 13 deaths, the lowest since Jan 11.

This brings the total number of cases to 248,316, with 50,841 active cases.

The death toll now stands at 909.

Dr Noor Hisham said all the deaths involved Malaysians.

Selangor had 862 cases, followed by Johor (521), Kuala Lumpur (422) and Malacca (203).

Meanwhile, Sarawak recorded 111 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said both deaths were in Sibu and brings the death toll in Sarawak to 55.

Of the new cases, 54 are in Sibu, Miri (21), Bintulu (12), Dalat (7), Kanowit (6), Kapit (5), Beluru (2), Kuching (2), Lawas (1) and Betong (1).

This brings Sarawak’s total cases to 5,871.