Malaysia hits a new record yesterday (29 May) with 9,020 new COVID-19 cases, marking the fifth consecutive day of high daily infections and bringing the total number of cases to 558,534.
According to the Ministry of Health (MoH Malaysia), Selangor reported as the highest new infections today with 2,837, followed by Kelantan with 907 new cases, Negeri Sembilan with 898 cases, Kuala Lumpur with 789 cases, and Sarawak with 726 new cases.
Data Source: Malaysia COVID–19 Info Center by Ministry of Health (MOH), Malaysia.
With the surge of new cases within a week, Malaysia’s average daily cases per capita exceeded India this week, leading the country’s health care system on the verge of collapsing.
The Prime Minister of Malaysia Muhyiddin Yassin on Friday announced a total nationwide lockdown on all of its economic and social sectors starting on June 1 to 14, in ensuring the safety of its people.
Knowing the risk that the economy would collapse (the country losing US$579 million per day – last year), he urged the people to play a part in helping Malaysia safe by following SOPs, including practising self-lockdown.
In his statement, he stated there were few clusters back then, yet the impact on the economy was a hit, and by looking at today’s situation, the impact is even worse.
When the daily COVID-19 cases reduce in phase 1 total lockdown, the Malaysian government’s next step is to impose Phase 2 lockdown, which lasts to four weeks, allowing the reopening of several economic sectors and prohibited mass gathering.
To date, Malaysia recorded 76,218 active cases and total death of 2,650.