Sunday, May 22

Covid-19: ‘Historic’ day for M’sia with no local transmission reported


Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

KUCHING: Malaysia has reached a milestone in its war against Covid-19 with no local transmission cases recorded as of noon today, and only one imported case.

This was announced by Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at the Health Ministry’s daily Covid-19 press conference update.

“Today is indeed historic because there is no local transmission recorded today,” he said.

“The only case today was a local aged 21 who tested positive after returning from Turkey. The person did not show any symptoms,” he said.

Following the one positive case, the number of Covid-19 cases now totaled 8,670.

A total 21 of those cases were reported to have recovered and were discharged from hospitals nationwide today, bringing the total recoveries to 8,375 or 96.9 percent of the total cases.

The total active cases have also dropped from 164 yesterday to 144 cases today.

The active cases are still warded in isolation wards, including four who are in Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Two of them are in need of ventilation, and both of them were identified as non-Malaysians.

The Covid-19 death toll remains at 121 as no deaths were recorded today

Dr Noor Hisham, while applauding Malaysians for the declining number of Covid-19 cases, cautioned them not to be too complacent because the number of cases are still high in other countries.

“We achieved this because of the cooperation from the public, who have come to accept the new normals and adhere to the SOPs (standard operating procedures).

“There is a high level of social responsibility. But we must always be on our toes because the cases could spike since there are still positive cases happening outside the country,” he said.