On Friday (January 29), Malaysia registered a staggering 5,725 new COVID-19 cases as the country is nearing the end of its most current movement management order (MCO).
The number published on Friday was a sharp rise from the previous daily high of 4,275 on Jan 23 in the nation.
With 3,813 instances, the Klang Valley district accounted for nearly two-thirds of the new infections. With 3,126 instances, the state of Selangor was the worst-hit, while Kuala Lumpur recorded 687 new infections.
In Johor, there were a further 684 incidents, while Sabah reported 288.
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The Ministry of Health has announced 16 new deaths, between 36 and 93 years of age, and confirmed that there are currently 301 patients in the intensive care unit, 115 of which are intubated.
Twelve new clusters have been established, increasing the country’s total number of active clusters to 375. Eight of the latest clusters, though two are in the group, are connected to workplaces.
On Wednesday, Malaysia’s finance minister said the nation could not tolerate another absolute lockdown as it would be “very detrimental” to the economy.
In an exclusive interview with CNA, Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said the new national MCO that had been implemented until Feb 4 in all states except Sarawak had rendered it harder to achieve the targeted growth forecast of the country.
The authorities have also allowed couples residing in states impacted by the MCO in long-distance marriages to travel to meet their spouse. Until travelers seek approval from the authority, inter-state travel under the MCO is not authorized.
Since Dec 9, Malaysia has registered a four-digit regular rise in cases of COVID-19.
As of Friday, 203,933 COVID-19 cases have been registered in Malaysia, of which 45,478 are officially listed as active or contagious. Also, there were a record of 733 fatalities.