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COVID-19: New cases drop to 17 today (16 May), 80.21% of cases have recovered in Malaysia

Malaysia records another reduction of daily COVID-19 cases with 17 new cases today. This brings the total number of cases to 6,872 in Malaysia. Unfortunately, there’s one new death recorded which involves a public health worker in Sabah that has a history of lung cancer and high blood pressure. The COVID-19 death toll in Malaysia now stands at 113.

The Ministry of Health has also recorded 73 new recoveries and currently, there are 5,512 patients that have recovered and discharged. At the moment, the recovery rate is 80.21% while the mortality rate is 1.64%.

COVID-19 Malaysia 16 May status

At the moment, there are 1,247 active cases that are still receiving treatment. 13 are in ICU while 5 require respiratory assistance.

Out of the 17 cases today, 5 are non-Malaysians and 6 are imported cases. Kuala Lumpur and Pahang recorded 7 cases, followed by 1 case each in Sabah, Selangor, Putrajaya.

As of 12pm on 15th of May, the number of red zones have reduced to 7 while the number of green zones have increased to 126. Meanwhile, the number of yellow zones have dropped to 68. The active red zones are located in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan and Sarawak.

Malaysia has recorded less than 100 new cases for 13 days straight since the CMCO took effect on 4th May. The number of recoveries has exceeded the number of new cases during the 13 day period. According to the ministry, 434,136 tests have been conducted so far and the positive rate is 1.58%.

At today’s press briefing, Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has highlighted that Selangor has the highest number of positive COVID-19 cases among children. There are 77 cases in Selangor, followed by 48 in Negeri Sembilan and 46 in Johor. He advises parents and guardians to guide their children to ensure that they practise good hygiene such as washing their hands with soap and water, and to wear face masks in public spaces.

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Dr Noor Hisham also asks parents to protect their children from being exposed to possible infection. They must avoid bringing their infants and children to public spaces and to ensure social distancing is practised. As always, he urges everyone to avoid the 3Cs – crowded places, confined spaces and close conversation.

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Alexander Wong