Surge in COVID-19 cases may cause a crisis in the country, warns Dr. Noor Hisham

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PUTRAJAYA MAY 11- Four hundred and fifty three (453) new COVID-19 cases were admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) today with 244 needed respiratory aids and 22 death cases adding to the death toll to 1,722.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, with around 4,000 cases a day, 38,499 active cases and 1,722 death cases to date, Malaysia is facing the continuity of the third wave of COVID-19 that could lead to a national crisis.

The government’s decision to impose Movement Control Order (MCO) nationwide that was announced by the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday was due to the surge in COVID-19 cases that had become crucial in the country, he added.

Dr. Noor Hisham urged the people to work together in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 by breaking the infection chain.

“This could be done by staying at home and only come out on important matters and adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP) that had been set,” Dr. Noor Hisham said at the press conference with the Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob here today.

On another development Dr. Noor Hisham said, 3,973 new COVID-19 cases were recorded adding to the cumulative total to 448,457 while 2,848 had been discharged bringing the grand total to 408,236 or 91.0%.

From the new cases he said, 3,540 (89.2%) were involving Malaysians and 428 (10.8%) non-citizens with five imported cases affecting one Malaysian and four foreigners.

Regarding COVID-19 clusters, Dr. Noor Hisham said, there are 13 new clusters with 1,366 have ended and 454 still active.

He added, from 13 new clusters four were involving religion that had occurred in Selangor (1), Kelantan (1), Johor (1) and Kedah (1) while three were formed at work places including two in Selangor and one in Melaka/ Johor.

Meanwhile the education clusters include one in the education institute under the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Selangor, one in the Higher Institute of Learning in Johor and one in the private school registered with the MOE in Selangor.

“Two community clusters were also formed involving one each in Sarawak and Kelantan while another one involving the high risk group in Kedah,” Dr. Noor Hisham said.

States contributing to new COVID-19 cases today are Selangor with 1,328, Sabah (50) Johor (384), Kuala Lumpur (483), Sarawak (512), Penang (187), Negeri Sembilan (126), Kelantan (321), Perak (140), Kedah (174), Melaka (79), Pahang (85), Terengganu (93), Labuan (3), Putrajaya (8) and Perlis (0). –Malaysia World News


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