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COVID-19 virus in Malaysia: Here’s everything you need to know—updated daily

COVID-19 virus in Malaysia: Here’s everything you need to know—updated daily

Also known as the coronavirus

Text: Rachel Au


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The COVID-19 virus is now in Malaysia. We'll be updating the latest on everything you need to know, and all your questions answered
STATS IN MALAYSIA
CASES: 8,336
DEATHS: 117
RECOVERED: 6,975
Last updated on 9 June 2020 at 6:29pm
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*Due to the recent increase in cases, we are back to updating this daily.

 

UPDATE: 9 June 2020

  • 281 new recoveries
  • 7 new cases—6 of them are exported cases
  • 1,244 active cases
  • 6 patients are in ICU, which include 1 patient needing respiratory assistance
  • 0 new deaths

 

UPDATE: 8 June 2020

  • 20 new recoveries
  • 7 new cases—5 of them are from local transmissions
  • 1,518 active cases
  • 6 patients are in ICU, which include 1 patient needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths

 

UPDATE: 7 June 2020

  • 39 new recoveries
  • 19 new cases—13 of them are from local transmissions
  • 1,531 active cases
  • 5 patients are in ICU
  • 0 new deaths

 

UPDATE: 6 June 2020

  • 25 new recoveries
  • 37 new cases—29 of them are from local transmissions
  • 1,551 active cases
  • 5 patients are in ICU
  • 1 new death

 

UPDATE: 5 June 2020

  • 51 new recoveries
  • 19 new cases—12 of them are from local transmissions
  • 1,540 active cases
  • 6 patients are in ICU, which include 1 patient needing ventilators
  • 1 new death

 

UPDATE: 4 June 2020

  • 28 new recoveries
  • 277 new cases—only 2 of these cases were imported. Out of the remaining 275 locally transmitted cases, 271 involved foreigners
  • "The 270 cases involving foreigners are from the Bukit Jalil Immigration Detention Depot cluster, while the balance one case was detected via the screening held at the Pudu construction site," said director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah
  • 1,573 active cases
  • 6 patients are in ICU, which includes 2 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths

 

UPDATE: 3 June 2020

  • 61 new recoveries
  • 93 new cases—all are from local transmissions, 91 of them involve non-Malaysians
  • 1,324 active cases
  • 6 patients are in ICU, which includes 2 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths

 

UPDATE: 2 June 2020

  • 66 new recoveries
  • 20 new cases—15 are imported cases while 5 are from local transmissions (of which 3 are non-Malaysians)
  • 1,292 active cases
  • 6 patients are in ICU, which includes 2 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths
  • Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has found that the first case from the new cluster at an apartment in Cheras is related to the tahfiz centre (but not the Sri Petaling gathering) and involves his/her family and friends. While the cause of the infection is still being investigated, the ministry believes it is highly likely due to a visit before or during Hari Raya. They have done tests on those who had close contact with the six patients—76 have tested negative while 38 are still awaiting results

 

UPDATE: 1 June 2020

  • 51 new recoveries
  • 38 new cases—26 are imported cases while 12 are from local transmissions (of which six are non-Malaysians)
  • A new cluster has been discovered at an apartment in Cheras where six residents tested positive. The source of the infection is still being investigated
  • 1,338 active cases
  • 8 patients are in ICU, which includes 2 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths

 

UPDATE: 31 May 2020, 5:38pm

  • 23 new recoveries
  • 57 new cases—10 of these new cases are imported while the remaining 47 cases are local transmissions (43 of them are foreigners)
  • 1,351 active cases
  • 9 patients are in ICU, which includes 2 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths

 

UPDATE: 30 May 2020

  • 95 new recoveries
  • 30 new cases—27 of them involve local transmissions
  • 1,317 active cases
  • 9 patients are in ICU, which includes 2 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths
  • Beginning June 1, interstate travel will be allowed for special circumstances such as a death in the family, medical or work purposes. In addition, married couples who are doing long distance with significant reasons will also be allowed.

 

UPDATE: 29 May 2020, 5:08pm

  • 66 new recoveries
  • 103 new cases—12 of them are Malaysians
  • 1,382 active cases
  • 8 patients are in ICU, which includes 2 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths

 

UPDATE: 28 May 2020, 5:03pm

  • 86 new recoveries
  • 10 new cases—it's the lowest number reported since the start of MCO. All 10 cases are from local transmissions
  • 1,345 active cases
  • 8 patients are in ICU, which includes 4 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths


UPDATE: 27 May 2020, 5:16pm

  • 42 new recoveries
  • 15 new cases—it's the lowest number reported since the start of MCO. Out of the 15 new cases, 6 of them are imported and from the remaining 9 local cases, 4 of them are foreigners
  • 1,421 active cases
  • 8 patients are in ICU, which includes 4 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths

 

UPDATE: 26 May 2020, 6:16pm

  • 62 new recoveries
  • 187 new cases
  • 1,448 active cases
  • 8 patients are in ICU, which includes 5 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths
  • From the 187 new cases, 173 of them are foreigners and out of this number, 155 cases were detected at the Depot Tahanan Imigresen (DTI) Bukit Jalil

 

UPDATE: 15 May 2020, 7:16pm

  • 88 new recoveries
  • 36 new cases
  • 1,304 active cases
  • 14 patients are in ICU, which includes 5 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths
  • As of today, the Health Ministry has tested a total of 424,306 individuals. 6,855 of them were found positive while 417,451 of them tested negative. The rate of infection is thus 1.62% or 13 cases for every 1,000 people. Malaysia is also one of the ASEAN countries that did the most tests though the ministry continues to use a target approach - targeting only cluster cases from the virus

 

UPDATE: 14 May 2020, 5:22pm

  • 70 new recoveries
  • 40 new cases
  • 1,356 active cases
  • 16 patients are in ICU, which includes 4 patients needing ventilators
  • 1 new death

 

UPDATE: 13 May 2020, 5:35pm

  • 58 new recoveries
  • 37 new cases
  • 1,387 active cases
  • 16 patients are in ICU, which includes 4 patients needing ventilators
  • 2 new deaths

 

UPDATE: 12 May 2020, 5:53pm

  • 110 new recoveries
  • 16 new cases—the lowest number reported in the span of 24 hours so far. 3 of the new cases were imported, involving Malaysians who recently travelled to the UK, Singapore and Japan
  • 1,410 active cases
  • 16 patients are in ICU, which includes 3 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths

 

UPDATE: 11 May 2020, 5:01pm

  • 88 new recoveries
  • 70 new cases
  • 1,504 active cases
  • 20 patients are in ICU, which includes 7 patients needing ventilators
  • 1 new death

 

UPDATE: 10 May 2020, 5:22pm

  • 96 new recoveries
  • 67 new cases
  • 1,523 active cases
  • 18 patients are in ICU, which includes 6 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths

 

UPDATE: 9 May 2020, 4:57pm

  • 65 new recoveries
  • 54 new cases
  • Out of the total new cases, one of them is an imported case
  • 1,552 active cases
  • 18 patients are in ICU, which includes 6 patients needing ventilators
  • 1 new death

 

UPDATE: 8 May 2020, 5:09pm

  • 88 new recoveries
  • 68 new cases
  • Out of the total new cases, four of them were imported cases
  • 1,564 active cases
  • 18 patients are in ICU, which includes 7 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths

 

UPDATE: 7 May 2020, 5:09pm

  • 74 new recoveries
  • 39 new cases
  • Out of the total new cases, only one was an imported case
  • 1,584 active cases
  • 19 patients are in ICU, which includes 8 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths
  • In addition, the Health Ministry has detected a new cluster involving security and safety personnel at a shopping complex in Cheras. To date, there have been 10 cases from this cluster, which involves 9 Nepalese and 1 Malaysian. The source of the infection is still being investigated. All 9 Nepalese workers in this cluster live together.

 

UPDATE: 6 May 2020, 6:19pm

  • 135 new recoveries
  • 45 new cases
  • 44 of the 45 new cases were locally transmitted. Only one was an imported case
  • 1,619 active cases
  • 22 patients are in ICU, which includes 9 patients needing ventilators
  • 1 new death

 

UPDATE: 5 May 2020, 5:14pm

  • 83 new recoveries
  • 30 new cases
  • All 30 new cases were locally transmitted and were reported in Selangor, Sarawak and WP Kuala Lumpur
  • 1,710 active cases
  • 24 patients are in ICU, which includes 8 patients needing ventilators
  • 1 new death

 

UPDATE: 4 May 2020, 5:06pm

  • 71 new recoveries
  • 55 new cases
  • Out of the 55 new cases, only 7 are imported cases and 48 are locally transmitted
  • 1,764 active cases
  • 28 patients are in ICU, which includes 13 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths

 

UPDATE: 3 May 2020, 5:06pm

  • 87 new recoveries
  • 122 new cases
  • Out of the 122 new cases, only 52 are imported cases and 70 are locally transmitted
  • 1,780 active cases
  • 27 patients are in ICU, which includes 13 patients needing ventilators
  • 2 new deaths
  • In other news: "In Selangor, food outlets, stalls and business premises are allowed to operate from 7am in the morning to 10pm at night, but their operations are limited to takeaways and deliveries starting on Monday, May 4, 2020"

 

 

UPDATE: 2 May 2020, 4:38pm

  • 116 new recoveries
  • 105 new cases
  • Out of the 105 new cases, only 11 are imported cases
  • 1,747 active cases
  • 31 patients are in ICU, which includes 12 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths

 

UPDATE: 1 May 2020, 5:03pm

  • 39 new recoveries
  • 69 new cases
  • Out of the 69 new cases, 12 are imported cases
  • 1,758 active cases
  • 37 patients are in ICU, which includes 14 patients needing ventilators
  • 1 new death
  • In other news, beginning May 4, "almost all economic sectors and businesses would be allowed to reopen subject to strict conditions in what is termed a conditional movement control order (CMCO)"
  • In the PM's address, he also advised employers to take employees' temperatures every day, ensure the office environment is clean and ensure there is no physical contact between the workers. "In fact, even when all sectors of the economy are open, employers can encourage workers to work from home. This is the new normal that we must adopt. Talk to employees. Any task which can be done at home, do it at home. It's better. Perhaps a schedule of alternate working days can be arranged. Today, work at the office; tomorrow, work from home," said PM Muhyiddin
  • During the CMCO, travel between states will still not be allowed, especially for those who wish to balik kampung for Hari Raya

 

UPDATE: 30 April 2020, 5:34pm

  • 84 new recoveries
  • 57 new cases
  • Out of the 57 new cases, 25 are imported cases involving 12 Malaysians from the UAE, 6 from Egypt, 3 from Singapore, 2 from Norway, 1 from the UK and 1 from Indonesia
  • 1,729 active cases
  • 36 patients are in ICU, which includes 14 patients needing ventilators
  • 2 new deaths

 

UPDATE: 29 April 2020, 5:50pm

  • 55 new recoveries
  • 94 new cases
  • Out of the 94 new cases, 72 are imported cases involving the Malaysian students that recently returned from Indonesia. The remaining 22 cases are local transmissions
  • 1,758 active cases
  • 40 patients are in ICU, which includes 18 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths
  • The Health Ministry expects to receive the shipment of 50,000 antigent rapid test kits from South Korea on Friday. The priority of these kits will be given to Sabah and Sarawak

 

UPDATE: 28 April 2020, 5:18pm

  • 75 new recoveries
  • 31 new cases
  • 1,719 active cases
  • 36 patients are in ICU, which includes 17 patients needing ventilators
  • 1 new deaths
  • The Health Director-General (DG) Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today answered that those who have tested weak-positive (viral shedding) do not have the ability to infect others, as far as they know. They do, however, monitor these patients closely
  • He added that there has not been any cases of re-infection or re-admission in Malaysia
  • When asked about the rapid test kits for COVID-19, the Health D-G said they have yet to receive it but expects its arrival within these two weeks
  • On the benefits of the rapid test kits—the Health D-G responded that it will increase the test rates and shorten the time to get test results. For example, they'll be able to do 15 tests at one go, and there will not be a need to send the samples to the lab. He elaborates that there are plans to have these rapid test kits at points of entry such as KLIA as well as hospitals
  • There has been one case in Malaysia where a woman gave birth to a child and after 18 days, the baby tested positive for COVID-19 but there were no further complications
  • In other news, "The National Security Council (NSC) is finalising new standard operating procedure (SOP) for COVID-19 green zones, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob." For example, "Maybe it will be done block by block, with a time frame, maybe three hours. But they cannot leave the gated area yet." The decision will be made next week.

 

UPDATE: 27 April 2020, 5:00pm

  • 95 new recoveries
  • 40 new cases
  • 1,764 active cases
  • 37 patients are in ICU, which includes 17 patients needing ventilators
  • 1 new deaths
  • The Health Director-General (DG) Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today responded that there will be thermal scanning at public spaces such as the Parliament or even restaurants as he explains, "This is part of the new norm now."
  • As for those who are going to the hospital or joining the blood donation drive, the Health D-G says the public are not discouraged from visiting should they have a good reason. "You just need to tell the police at the road blocks," he says.

 

UPDATE: 26 April 2020, 4:23pm

  • 100 new recoveries
  • 38 new cases
  • 1,820 active cases
  • 36 patients are in ICU, which includes 15 patients needing ventilators
  • 0 new deaths

 

UPDATE: 25 April 2020, 4:09pm

  • 51 new cases
  • 1,882 active cases
  • 36 patients are in ICU, which includes 16 patients needing ventilators
  • 2 new deaths
  • 99 recoveries

 

UPDATE: 24 April 2020, 5:02pm

  • 88 new cases
  • Total active cases now stand at 1,932
  • 41 patients are currently in ICU, which includes 18 of them using ventilators
  • 1 new death
  • 121 recoveries
  • In other news, "The National Security Council (NSC) is in the midst of preparing standard operating procedures (SOP) on the extent of "relaxation" in states which have been declared as green zones". There will be three zones—green, yellow and red—with SOPs respective to each of these zones. In addition, "At the same time, the borders will also need to be monitored. We don't want someone from the red zone to enter into a green zone," said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob

 

UPDATE: 23 April 2020, 5:48pm

  • 90 recoveries today
  • 71 new cases—19 of them are imported cases. 52 are local transmissions but almost half of them involve foreign workers
  • 1,966 active cases. 42 of them are in ICU, which includes 21 patients needing ventilators
  • 2 new deaths
  • Meanwhile, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will be making an announcement tonight at 8pm. The Health Director-General (DG) Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has shared the Health Ministry had met with the PM this morning regarding the pinciples or criterias for the possibility of lifting the MCO but the ministry is still observing the trend in numbers. The number of local transmissions still needs to be looked at. According to the Health D-G, they will next discuss with the PM based on science and observation of the numbers
  • Datuk Dr Noor Hisham also stressed on tightening border control
  • The Health Ministry is still in discussion with interested companies from other countries about doing clinical trials in Malaysia
  • Since the MCO started, there have been 116 imported cases

 

UPDATE: 22 April 2020, 5:32pm

  • 50 new cases
  • Total active cases now stand at 1,987. 43 of them are in ICU, which includes 25 patients needing ventilators
  • 103 recoveries
  • 1 new death which involves a citizen of Myanmar
  • In other news, those who returned to their hometowns before the MCO but now wish to head back to their homes in urban areas may do so if they first register online. "Those who want to return can register via the Gerak Malaysia app with the police and Communications and Multimedia Ministry (MCMC) from Saturday (April 25)," Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said during his daily press conference. He added, "However, the final decision will only be made after May 1, once approval from the National Security Council has been granted or based on the advice of the Health Ministry."
  • During the press conference today, Health Director-General (DG) Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has shared:
  • With less than a week before April 28—when asked about the status of the MCO—the Health D-G reiterated that it depends on the six criteria, which are set by WHO, but there might be a need to customise these criterias for the nation
  • The first criteria is border control. "If we open up our borders, we risk getting imported cases."
  • The second criteria is movement control, which could affect local transmission. "Our guideline now is to stay at home, which helps break the chain." The active cases are decreasing as well as the new cases reported in a day. "Currently it's at a two-digit but we're hoping that in one or two weeks, it'll go down to a single digit. We have seen this happen in other countries."
  • It is the Prime Minister's decision whether to extend the MCO or not
  • The third criteria is to enhance our healthcare facilities. "The acceptable time for turnaround is 24 to 48 hours but we try to have it less than 24 hours. Also, this applies to the capacity of our COVID-19 hospitals such as the wards, ICUs and the staff"
  • The fourth criteria is considering and protecting the vulnerable group such as the elderly, OKU and those with vulnerable diseases such as cancer patients who are receiving treatment
  • The fifth is considering the "new norm" such as protecting our health, hand-washing, social distancing and putting a stop to large public gatherings—should the MCO be lifted
  • The sixth criteria is community empowerment—empowering the community to protect the green zones and practise the "new norm"
  • The Health Ministry will advise the Prime Minister about two to four days before April 28, when Phase 3 of the MCO is supposed to lift

 

UPDATE: 21 April 2020, 6:08pm

  • 54 patients have recovered and have been discharged. Hence, the recovery rate is now at 61.09%
  • 57 new cases were reported, increasing the nation's total to 5,482 cases
  • 2,041 cases are still active with 43 of them currently in ICU, which includes 27 patients who require the assistance of ventilators
  • There have also been 3 new deaths
  • During the press conference today, Health Director-General (DG) Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has shared:
  • 18 of the 57 new cases reported today are imported cases
  • No decision has been made as to whether MCO will end on April 28 or be extended. There are, however, six criterias to discuss in this regard. One of them is border control as it has been proven from the 95 Malaysians who returned from overseas that carried the virus—68 of them travelled back from Indonesia
  • The other criteria is the capacity of the healthcare system—if the wards or ICU have sufficient space to accept a large influx of patients
  • In addition, it is dependant on the public to practise the guidelines advised by the Health Ministry such as social distancing and frequent hand washing

 

UPDATE: 20 April 2020, 5:55pm

  • 36 new cases have been reported today—the lowest so far
  • 2,041 cases are still active, which includes 45 patients currently in ICU and 28 of them needing ventilators
  • No new deaths were reported today—the first time in a month
  • 98 patients have been discharged today, bringing up the total recovered to 3,296 or a recovery rate of 60.74%
  • During the press conference today, Health Director-General (DG) Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has shared:
  • On whether the MCO will be extended: "Stay at home—that is the principle." He shared that they are in the midst of planning an exit strategy but stresses that the war is not over yet despite the low number of cases reported today. Their goal now is to at least hit a single digit. However, should the MCO be lifted, there has to be plans for a "soft landing" to return to the "new norm" as "we may take some time, be it three or six months". He added that policies will have to change such as no large public gatherings, reminding the public to keep washing their hands and staying at home if you have no business in the public
  • The Health D-G also said the battle against COVID-19, according to WHO, could last until next year. Hence, they're continuously planning the best strategy and the best actions to take—so long as there's no vaccine, everyone needs to practise the best methods thus far to avoid an infection
  • In other news, Singapore today reported a daily high of 1,426 new COVID-19 cases, increasing the country's total to 8,014. The majority of these cases are work permit holders living in foreign worker dormitories

 

UPDATE: 19 April 2020, 5:34pm

  • At 84, the new positive COVID-19 cases were reported today is still a two-digit figure. The total now stands at 5,389
  • 2,103 of them are active cases with 46 of them in ICU, which includes 26 patients needing ventilators
  • There has been 1 new death
  • 96 patients were discharged today
  • Meanwhile, a new cluster has been found—among some of the Malaysians who recently travelled back from Indonesia through KLIA on April 16. This cluster consists of 43 students who returned from Temboro, which is one of the red zones in Magetan, Indonesia. Out of the total, 34 of them are quarantined in Melaka and 9 of them are quarantined in KL
  • In other news, the registration of births and deaths has been extended for up to 90 days, after the MCO ends. There will be no penalty and Malaysians overseas are also given the same conditions. In addition, this applies to those who have lost their MyKad. In case of emergency, you can make an appointment with the respective state National Registration Department
  • Also, all ATMs are now operational from 8am to 8pm

 

UPDATE: 18 April 2020, 5:25pm

  • Fingers crossed that Malaysia continue to see a downward trend for the new COVID-19 cases as today, only 54 new cases were reported
  • 2,115 cases are still active. 49 patients are currently in ICU, which includes 26 of them needing ventilators
  • 135 patients have recovered
  • There have been 2 new deaths
  • Are there any Malaysians amongst the surge of 942 new infections that were just reported today in Singapore? The Health Ministry has yet to receive any reports regarding this but assures they will be informed immediately if it was so
  • Status of PPE—There are 18 items that are considered PPE and the procurement of these items are ongoing. We currently have enough for a month, said Health Director-General (D-G) Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah
  • The Health D-G added that patients can be re-infected with the COVID-19 and hence, before the patients are discharged, they are usually counselled on things to be careful with once they go back home

 

UPDATE: 17 April 2020, 5:58pm

  • Malaysia is back to a two-figure total of new COVID-19 cases reported in a day. 69 new cases were reported today
  • There are currently 2,198 active cases. 51 of them are currently in ICU with 26 of them needing ventilators
  • In addition, 201 patients have recovered. The recovery rate is now at 56.5%
  • Unfortunately, there have been 2 new deaths
  • As previously asked by the media, the Health Ministry has released the numbers for the total foreigners in the country that are/were infected with COVID-19: 601. 356 of them are still undergoing treatment

  • During the press conference today, Health Director-General (DG) Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has shared:
  • On the "exit strategy" post MCO — Whether the MCO ends on April 28 or not, he advised against mass gatherings as well as to continue practising social distancing. However, he clarified that the Health Ministry will discuss it with MKN but that particular discussion on an "exit strategy" has yet to take place as it's still quite pre-mature
  • As for an update on the Sri Petaling tabligh:

 

UPDATE: 16 April 2020, 6:08pm

  • 119 patients were discharged today, increasing the rate of recovery to 53.37%
  • 110 new positive COVID-19 cases were reported today. Thus, the total now stands at 5,182
  • 56 of the 2,332 active cases are currently in ICU, with 29 of them needing ventilators
  • There has been 1 new death related to the coronavirus
  • In today's press conference, Health Director-General (DG) Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah shared that more than 90,000 people have been tested but to date, only 5,182 cases have tested positive. In addition, there are currently 28 clusters. As such, the Health Ministry is choosing a "focused approach" instead of mass testing as some countries are doing. By focused approach, it means they target mostly high-risk groups and depending on locations. For example, an increase in cases at a certain area would see the enforcement of an enhanced MCO. The people in that area will all be tested as well
  • The ministry is awaiting the shipment of antigen test kits which would give faster results and which does not require the samples to be sent to any of the 43 labs, but to any clinic or hospital. However, it will be used with the PCR test should there be any doubts. "We are doing mass screening but we are only doing it for targeted locations or high-risk groups," he added
  • He also said that the ministry is taking action on old folks homes—one of the high-risk groups—as well as foreign workers to test if they could have contracted the virus. However, as there are foreign workers who are not coming forward, the ministry is working with NGOs to provide such services to them. As an example, they have screen 465 individual foreign workers in Selayang and only 13 of them tested positive
  • The Health DG also clarified that the decision to extend the MCO lies with the Prime Minister, however, the Health Ministry will offer their advice to the PM
  • In other news, the government has decided there will not be any Ramadan bazaars this year—not even e-bazaars

 

UPDATE: 15 April 2020, 6:03pm

  • After weeks, the total new cases reported in a day has dropped to a two-figure number: 85
  • The total cases in Malaysia thus far now stand at 5,072
  • 2,342 of them are active cases—56 of them are in ICU, including 32 of them needing ventilators
  • There has been one COVID-19 death
  • 169 patients have recovered from the virus, increasing the total discharged to 2,647 or rather, in terms of percentage, to 52.18%
  • The Health Ministry has also shared a few observations from the COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia:

  • In other news, PMR and PT3 exams for 2020 are cancelled. SPM and STPM, however, will be postponed

 

UPDATE: 14 April 2020, 5:20pm

  • There have been 170 new cases, increasing the total positive COVID-19 cases in Malaysia to 4,987
  • 2,427 of them are still being treated, with 60 cases currently in ICU and 33 of them needing ventilators
  • Unfortunately, there have been 5 new deaths, increasing the death toll to 82
  • The good news is that 202 patients have recovered and have been discharged. Thus, 49.7% of the total cases have recovered
  • In other news, 12 essential items will see an MCO price control scheme beginning April 15 till April 28. These include chicken, eggs, cooking oil, and wheat flour. This, after complaints that "some errant traders have increased the prices of essential items arbitrarily."
  • The Masjid India area—except for the Dang Wang district police headquarters and DBKL homeless monitoring centre—has been placed under enhanced MCO after more than 40 people have tested positive for COVID-19
  • As we enter the third phase of MCO, from tomorrow, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced that, "police will arrest those who violate the MCO and charge them in court instead of issuing compound notices." The decision was made after a high number of Malaysians were still not adhering to the MCO restrictions. On April 13 alone, a total of 931 compound notices were issue

 

UPDATE: 13 April 2020, 5:59pm

  • 134 new cases, thus totalling to 4,817 positive COVID-19 cases in Malaysia
  • 2,464 patients are still undergoing treatment with 66 of them in ICU (including the 36 who are in need of ventilators to assist with their breathing)
  • 168 patients have been discharged today, increasing the total recoveries made to 2,276—or rather, 47% of the total cases have recovered
  • There has been one new death—Case 2,797 was a 62-year-old man who had high blood pressure and both heart and kidney disease. He was treated at Hospital Melaka
  • ICYMI: Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has shared that the coronavirus still stays on the surface of the skin of deceased victims. Thus, "any religious rites during funeral can only involve the surface of the body bags of the COVID-19 victims." Thus, funeral rites for Muslims should only involve "tayammum", or religious purification using earth or dust, instead of the usual practice of bathing the dead. For some of the other religions, the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) has agreed that any religious rites would need to be performed on body bags
  • Meanwhile, despite earlier reports, PM Muhyiddin Yassin has since announced that barbers, beauty saloons and optical shops are not allowed to operate during the third phase of the MCO. Ramadan bazaars will also not be allowed
  • In other news, "the government today gave Zoo Negara RM1.3 million to cover specially food supplies for the animals"
  • According to the New Straits Times, Universiti Malaysia is currently leading the clinical trials on the use of Tocilizumab as a treatment for severe COVID-19 cases. Led by Universiti Malaya Faculty of Medicine dean Professor Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Tocilizumab—also known by its trade name "Actemra"—"has been used for years in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, giant cell arteritis and conditions involving excessive inflammation."

 

UPDATE: 12 April 2020, 5:07pm

  • Another 153 positive COVID-19 cases were reported today, bringing the total cases in the country to 4,683
  • 2,499 patients are still undergoing treatment
  • 66 of them are in ICU, including 37 of them needing ventilators
  • There have also been three new deaths
  • Case 4,531 was a 54-year-old man who had diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease. He was treated at Hospital Tuanku Ja'afar, Negeri Sembilan
  • Case 3,469 was a 90-year-old man who had diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. He was treated at Hospital Taiping, Perak
  • Case 4,314 was a 47-year-old woman who had high blood pressure and was treated at Hospital Umum Sarawak
  • The good news is that 113 patients have recovered, increasing the total discharged to 2,108. This also means that 45% of the total cases have recovered and have been discharged

 

UPDATE: 11 April 2020, 5:47pm

  • 165 patients have discharged today, increasing the total recovered to 1,995
  • 184 new cases were reported today. The total now stands at 4,530
  • 2,462 patients are still undergoing treatment
  • 72 cases are in ICU with 38 of them needing ventilators
  • The Health Ministry has also publicly made a statement that 224 of their healthcare workers have tested positive with the coronavirus but so far, none of them were contracted by working in the COVID-19 wards or the special ICU for COVID-19 patients
  • There were also 3 deaths reported

 

 

UPDATE: 10 April 2020, 5:37pm

  • PM Muhyiddin Yassin has announced an extension on the Movement Control Order (MCO) by two weeks. The next phase of the MCO will run from 15-28 April 2020
  • 118 new cases were reported today, bringing the total up to 4,346
  • There have also been three new deaths
  • Case 694 was a 62-year-old man who had diabetes and close contact with someone who attended the Seri Petaling gathering
  • Case 4,229 was a 77-year-old man who had diabetes and was treated at Hospital Kuala Lumpur
  • Case 4,230 was an 88-year-old woman who had high blood pressure, heart disease and dementia. She also had close contact with Case 1,684
  • The good news is that 222 patients have recovered
  • At the moment, there are still 2,446 patients who are undergoing treatment. 69 of them are in ICU with 40 of them needing ventilators

 

UPDATE: 9 April 2020, 5:25pm

  • 109 new cases have been reported, bringing the total of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia to 4,228
  • 72 of them are in ICU, with 43 of them needing ventilators
  • A total of 2,553 patients are still being treated
  • There have been two new deaths
  • Case 2,798 was a 59-year-old man who had autoimmune disease as well as several chronic illnesses. He was also an attendee of the Seri Petaling tabligh gathering
  • Case 2,864 was a 23-year-old woman who had thyroid. She had close contact with Case 2,469 and Case 2,470; and is one of the fifth generation cluster cases related to the church gathering in Sarawak
  • 121 patients have recovered, increasing the total discharged to 1,608
  • The Health Ministry has revealed that 416 cases from the total positive COVID-19 cases in Malaysia are foreigners
  • While many are wondering if the MCO will be extended, the decision lies entirely with the Health Ministry, as Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today. Once the Health Ministry issues its advice, the government will proceed with an announcement. All will be revealed tomorrow

 

UPDATE: 8 April 2020, 5:16pm

  • Today, the total cases of COVID-19 in Malaysia has reached 4,119, after an additional 156 cases were reported today
  • 76 of them are in ICU, with 45 of them needing ventilators
  • To date, 2,567 patients are still undergoing treatment
  • There have been two new deaths:
  • Case 2,903 was a 58-year-old woman who had diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Case 1,906 was a 69-year-old man who had diabetes and was also an attendee of the Seri Petaling tabligh gathering
  • Meanwhile, 166 patients were discharged today
  • The Health Ministry has also debunked a message that has gone viral on WhatsApp claiming the extension of MCO till May 23rd—it is false news

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: 7 April 2020, 6:06pm

  • 80 people were discharged today, increasing the total recovered to 1,321 or rather, at a rate of 33.33 per cent. A huge thank you to the frontliners and healthcare staff
  • 170 new cases were reported today. The total now stands at 3,963
  • There has been one new death—Case 3,794 was a 71-year-old man who attended the religious gathering in Sulawesi. He was treated at Hospital Enche' Besar Hajjah Kalsom, Johor
  • In other news, the Selangor Mansion and Malayan Mansion flats along Jalan Masjid India are the latest locations to be placed under an enhanced movement control order (MCO). This, after 15 people from that area were diagnosed with COVID-19. Barricades have been installed around the area and according to Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, a medical base will be set up there as well. The enhanced MCO will be in effect until all residents are screened
  • The Defence Minister also addressed the issue that has gone viral on social media today—the allocation of certain people to be quarantined in four- or five-star hotels. "Embassies have approached us to allow their representatives to be quarantined at hotels and will bear the full cost of stay for their diplomats. That is why we have gazetted certain hotels as quarantine centres," he said. For Malaysians who do want to be quarantined at these selected hotels, they'll have to bear the costs themselves, he added. There are currently 7,500 people in 122 quarantine centres nationwide.
  • He goes on to elaborate that "the government will cover the cost of hotel accommodation designated as quarantine centres of up to RM150 per day, for rooms and food. This includes accommodation of three-star hotels and above, of which the government will cover a maximum daily expense of RM150 per day." Other costs such as laundry, however, have to be paid by the individual.
  • Also: "The Sultan of Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V has decided to forgo his Royal Emoluments for six months from April to September in an effort to help the people affected by the movement control order (MCO)."

 

UPDATE: 6 April 2020, 5:56pm

  • 131 new cases were reported today. The total now stands at 3,793
  • 102 patients are currently in ICU with 54 of them requiring the assistance of ventilators
  • The good news is that 236 patients were discharged today, increasing the total recovered to 1,241
  • There has been one new death
  • So far, there have been two cluster cases in Malaysia that are related to large gatherings. One of them is a three-day religious gathering at a church in Kuching. 83 of the attendees have tested positive. Two of them have passed away from the virus (Case 358 and 2,471)
  • The other cluster case is a wedding that was held at Bandar Baru Bangi
  • Both cluster cases have since since led the infection to a fifth generation
  • Any Malaysians that are returning from overseas will have to go through a 14-day quarantine at a designated quarantine centre. Should they display any symptoms, they will be sent to the hospital for further tests
  • In other news, Malaysia has joined the global ‘solidarity trial' by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in search for a COVID-19 cure. "Malaysia's participation in this worldwide trial could help find life-saving medicines for COVID-19 through evaluating their safety and effectiveness," said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. According to The Malay Mail: "MOH has fast-tracked the process to implement the drug trials to treat patients with COVID-19, which will begin soon."

 

UPDATE: 5 April 2020, 5:10pm

  • 179 new cases today, bringing the total COVID-19 cases in Malaysia to 3,662
  • 99 of them are in ICU, with 48 of them needing ventilators
  • 4 new deaths, increasing the death toll to 61
  • The 58th death: Case 2,210 was a 72-year-old man who had diabetes and high blood pressure. He had close contact with Case 1,031
  • The 59th death: Case 3,484 was a 68-year-old man who had diabetes and was treated at Hospital Kuala Lumpur
  • The 60th death: Case 3,073 was a 53-year-old man who was treated at Hospital Umum Sarawak
  • The 61st death: Case 2,200 was a 66-year-old man who had diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease
  • The good news is that 90 patients have recovered, bringing the total discharged to 1,005
  • To date, 51,937 people have been tested. 39,877 of them have tested negative while 8,398 people are still waiting for the results

 

UPDATE: 4 April 2020, 5:07pm

  • 88 patients have been discharged today, increasing the total recovered to 915
  • 150 new cases were reported today. The total COVID-19 cases in Malaysia is now at 3,483
  • 99 of them are in ICU with 50 of them needing ventilators
  • There have also been four new deaths, increasing the total deaths in the country to 57

 

 

  • In other news, 90 quarantine centres across Malaysia have been opened, with a capacity of 40,000

 

UPDATE: 3 April 2020, 5:24pm

  • 60 patients have been discharged today, increasing the total recovered cases to 827
  • 217 new cases were reported today. The total COVID-19 cases in Malaysia is now at 3,333
  • 108 of them are in ICU with 54 of them needing ventilators
  • There have also been 3 new deaths. The death toll is now at 53
  • The 51st death: Case 2,561 was an 84-year-old woman who had a heart disease and was treated at Hospital Sungai Buloh
  • The 52nd death: Case 2,122 was a 52-year-old man who was treated at Hospital Tuanku Ja'aafar, Negeri Sembilan
  • The 53rd death: Case 2,034 was a 73-year-old woman who had diabetes, high blood pressure, as well as both heart and kidney disease
  • In other news, "Ramadan bazaars will not be allowed while the movement control order (MCO) is in force, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob."
  • The public may now withdraw from any ATM machines using MEPS, as the government will be exempting the RM1 cash withdrawal charge beginning April 6 till the end of the MCO. Hence, Malaysians will be able to withdraw from any ATM that is near them and thus, preventing banks from being too crowded
  • The government's 10km-radius travel rule is not mandatory as it depends on your needs—"those seeking medical treatment in hospitals or treatment facilities further than the stipulated 10km radius, as well as for those who need to buy items which are not found in their area." The police are allowed to use their discretion for different cases
  • Over in Singapore, schools and most workplaces, except for essential services and key economic sectors, will be closed for a month, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the country sees increasing numbers of the virus infection

 

 

UPDATE: 2 April 2020, 5:20pm

  • The total number of recovered patients in a day continues to rise as 122 people were discharged today, bringing the tally up to 767, to date
  • Meanwhile, 208 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported today, bringing Malaysia's total to 3,116 cases
  • 105 of the infected are in ICU with 54 of them needing ventilators
  • Five more deaths were reported today, increasing the death toll to 50. More details can be found below:

  • In other news, the loss of the sense of smell and taste might be an indication of a COVID-19 infection. A group of scientists from the UK and the US discovered that about 60 per cent of those who tested positive showed such symptoms, tweeted BFM News
  • The number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia is expected to peak in April though "there are signs of a flattening of the infection curve, the World Health Organisation said", according to The Malay Mail. "Based on available data, the WHO Country Office has projected that Malaysia will see a peak in hospitalised cases in mid-April," Ying-Ru Lo, the WHO's head of mission and representative to Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore told Reuters in emailed comments. However, there are initial signs of flattening of the curve but this could change should people not continue to take preventive measures

 

UPDATE: 1 April 2020, 5:18pm

  • Today marks the highest number of people discharged in a day—a whopping 108 patients! The today recovered now stands at 645 people
  • On the other hand, 142 new cases were reported today, increasing the total COVID-19 cases in Malaysia to 2,908
  • 102 cases are now in ICU, with 66 of them needing ventilators
  • There have also been two new deaths, bringing the total deaths in the country to 45 cases
  • The 44th death: Case 193rd was an 80-year-old Malaysian woman who had diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease
  • The 45th death: Case 1,053rd was a 62-year-old Malaysian man who had diabetes and high blood pressure. He also had close contact with Case 486th. He was treated at Hospital Kuala Lumpur
  • Also, "Ramadan bazaars throughout Selangor will be cancelled until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari today," as reported by The Malay Mail
  • EPF members may start applying for the i-Lestari Account 2 Withdrawal Scheme via i-Akaun (Member). However, as all EPF branches will remain close in light of MCO, members will have to apply online or email. Members will have till April 30 to submit their applications. More info here

 

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This article previously featured the beginnings of the coronavirus, how it was once known as the Wuhan virus, and when it first infected Malaysians. You may find it here.

 

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