PUTRAJAYA April 20: Malaysia recorded only 36 new Covid-19 cases and zero death today, the lowest in its daily reports since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Health Director General, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, today’s low record of new cases is the first time since the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) on March 18.
Dr. Noor Hisham said, 98 patients have been discharged and this brings to 3,295 or 60.7% to the cumulative total of 5,425 cases.
“The Ministry of Health has tested 113,055 individuals against COVID-19 and only 5,425 or 4.7% have been detected with the virus. From the new cases, 45 have been treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while 28 need respiratory aids.
“There is no death case reported today and that brings the death toll of 89 remains,” said Dr. Noor Hisham in a press conference here today.
The new cases would increase in two weeks time said Dr. Noor Hisham but with the enforcement of MCO and Enhanced MCO since 27 March, the spreading of the COVID-19 has been curbed.
On the sixth EMCO that has been enforced in the North Central Town of Kuala Lumpur today until May 3, Dr. Noor Hisham said, 2,064 samples have been taken and from that 22 have been detected with COVID-19 with one death.
“A quick action has to be taken by focusing on the location around the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market (Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur) to curb COVID-19 from spreading. However, the Market is open as there is no directive to close from the National Security Council (NSC).
Answering to a question of when the MCO will be lifted, Dr. Noor Hisham said, the principle to break the transmission chain of the virus is to stay at home if there is no business outside.
“The people should return with a new norm at least for three to six months with no public gathering, practice social distancing, wash the hands frequently and have optimum personal hygiene.
“The new norm will go on until the vaccine to cure COVID-19 is found and that will take at least one to one and a half year. The best way is prevention is better than cure apart from implementing an active strategy to curb the virus from spreading,” he added.
Dr. Noor Hisham also highlighted on the World Health Organization (WHO) that expects the pandemic to be over until next year (2021).-Malaysia World News