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By Melati Mohd Ariff
This is Bernama’s weekly roundup on COVID-19 and related matters in Malaysia and globally from June 18 till noon today.
In Malaysia, cases numbers have exceeded 4.54 million and globally, the virus has infected more than 547 million people and caused over 6.34 million deaths. Some 522 million patients have so far recovered from the virus.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which is now in its third year, has affected 228 countries and territories.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – COVID-19 cases are on the uptrend this week with yesterday’s new daily caseload reaching nearly 3,000 infections including 209 imported cases.
For the record, the new daily cases of 2,796 reported by the Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday were the highest for this month so far.
Overall, a total of 13,052 new daily COVID-19 cases were reported for the six-day period compiled by Bernama from June 18 to June 23 compared to 11,647 cases for the same period from June 11 to June 16.
Yesterday’s new cases brought the nation’s COVID-19 active cases with probable infection to 27,318 while total cumulative cases now stood at 4,549,847.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin yesterday said a new wave of COVID-19 infections in the country is expected to occur earlier than predicted based on a rise in daily cases in the country and Singapore.
As a comparison, Singapore reported 7,109 cases on June 21, followed by 5,862 cases on June 22 and 6,606 cases on June 23.
Meanwhile, Selangor retained its top spot with the highest new daily cases and yesterday, it reported 930 cases (including 200 imported cases), followed by Kuala Lumpur (843), Penang (203), Negeri Sembilan (156), Sabah (137), Perak (123) and Melaka (109). Selangor also recorded the highest imported cases, with 100 cases on June 21 out of 114 cases reported.
Other states reported two-digit (2) new daily cases, namely Sarawak (70), Johor (52), Kedah (49), Putrajaya (48), Pahang (30) and Kelantan (29).
States with one-digit cases are Terenganu (8), Perlis (6) and Labuan (3).
Below is the breakdown of new daily COVID-19 cases during the week compiled by Bernama (June 18 to June 23) are :-
June 18 (2,127), June 19 (1,690), June 20 (2,093), June 21 (1,921), June 22 (2,425) and June 23 (2,796).
New daily COVID-19 cases from June 11 to June 16:-
June 11 (1,709), June 12 (1,571), June 13 (2,092), June 14 (1,922), June 15 (2,320) and June 16 (2,033).
A total of 2,503 recovered COVID-19 cases were reported as of 11.59 pm on June 23, bringing the cumulative figure to 4,486,787.
Starting April 1, Malaysia entered its transition to endemic phase of COVID-19 as an exit strategy that allows Malaysians to return to near-normal life after battling the pandemic for nearly two years.
Several COVID-19 SOPs have been relaxed effective May 1. Among others, face mask wearing outdoors is optional, physical distancing is no longer required and MySejahtera check-in requirement is also lifted.
During the week, MOH reported two new education clusters on June 23 in Selangor.
Jalan Beringin 2 Cluster (Hulu Selangor) was reported as of June 23 with 57 cases while 51 cases were detected for 5 km Jalan Banting Dengkil Cluster (Kuala Langat, Klang, Gombak) as of June 22.
This brings the total clusters detected during the month of June to date to four (4) clusters and all are education clusters.
Overall, MOH has detected 7,017 clusters since the COVID-19 pandemic struck the nation more than two years ago. As of yesterday (June 23), six (6) clusters were still active.
With a cumulative figure of 4,549,847 cases, Malaysia is now ranked 25th in the list of 228 nations/territories struck by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ahead of Malaysia is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) with 4, 685,560 cases and Ukraine 5,015,994 cases.
According to Worldometer, of the list of 228 nations, Germany recorded the highest number of new daily infections with 119,360 cases, followed by the United States (US) at 96,702 and France 79,852.
On COVID-19 fatalities, the US reported the highest death cases with 1,040,236 cases.
Meanwhile, MOH’s COVIDNOW data as of 11.59 pm yesterday showed 26,253 cases (96.1 per cent) were quarantined at home out of 27,318 active COVID-19 cases reported.
A total of 18 cases (0.1 per cent) were at the COVID-19 Integrated Quarantine and Treatment Centre (PKRC); 1,009 cases (3.7 per cent) at hospitals; 17 cases (0.1 per cent) at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) without respiratory assistance (APB) while 21 cases (0.1 per cent) at the ICU with ABP.
COVID-19 SCENARIO IN MALAYSIA
June 18 (1,390), June 19 (2,108), June 20 (2,082), June 21 (1,716), June 22 (1,550) and June 23 (2,503).
*cumulative recovered cases as of yesterday stood at 4,486,787
Active cases with probable infection:-
June 18 (26,362), June 19 (25,944), June 20 (25,952), June 21 (26,155), June 22 (27,026) and June 23 (27,318).
Breakdown of new daily cases (2,796) :-
*state-by-state, as of 11:59 pm yesterday
Three-digit new daily cases - Melaka 108 (+1), Negeri Sembilan 155 (+1), Perak 120 (+3), Penang 203 (+0), Sabah 137 (+0), Selangor 730 (+200) and Kuala Lumpur 842 (+1);
Two-digit new daily cases - Johor 51 (+1), Kedah 49 (+0), Kelantan 29 (+0), Pahang 30 (+0), Sarawak 70 (+0) and Putrajaya 47 (+1);
One-digit new daily cases - Perlis 6 (+0), Terengganu 8 (+0) and Labuan 2 (+1).
New Record cases, imported cases, local transmission:
June 18 – New cases 2,127; Cumulative cases 4,538,922; Imported cases 0;
June 19 – New cases 1,690; Cumulative cases 4,540,612; Imported cases 10;
June 20 – New cases 2,093; Cumulative cases 4,542,705; Imported cases 1;
June 21 – New cases 1,921; Cumulative cases 4,544,626; Imported cases 114;
June 22 – New cases 2,425; Cumulative cases 4,547,051; Imported cases 8;
June 23 – New cases 2,796; Cumulative cases 4,549,847; Imported cases 209.
For new COVID-19 clusters, MOH has reported two education clusters on June 22 in Selangor. This brings the total clusters during the month of June to date to four (4) and all were education clusters.
The Jalan Beringin 2 Cluster (Hulu Selangor) was reported on June 22 involving 57 cases while 51 cases were detected for 5 km Jalan Banting Dengkil Cluster (Kuala Langat, Klang, Gombak) as of June 22.
Two other education clusters reported by MOH earlier for June are Jalan Ipoh Cluster (Titiwangsa, Kepong) in Kuala Lumpur on June 2 involving 39 cases and Hilir 3 Cluster (Kota Bharu, Kelantan) on June 8, involving 38 cases.
Overall, a total of 7,017 clusters were detected by MOH since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the nation more than two years ago. As of yesterday, six (6) clusters were still active.
New record cases and breakdown of clusters:-
June 18 - No cluster;
June 19 - No cluster;
June 20 - No cluster;
June 21 - No cluster;
June 22 - No cluster;
June 23 - 2 (education 2).
The daily breakdown in fatalities is as follows:
*BID = Brought-in-Dead are cases outside the hospital and those brought to the hospital's forensic department; positive COVID-19 cases after PT PCR tests conducted.
June 18 - 1 (BID 0), June 19 - 0 (BID 0), June 20 - 3 (BID 0), June 21 - 2 (BID 0), June 22 - 4 (BID 1) and June 23 - 1 (BID 1).
*Total fatalities as of yesterday stood at 35,742.
GLOBAL COVID-19 STATISTICS
According to Worldometer, total COVID-19 cases globally to date stood at 547,386,723 (previous week: 543,682,014) with 6,347,567 fatalities (6,339,468 previously). A total of 522,675,831 recovered patients were reported as compared to 518,780,372 a week earlier.
Some 228 countries are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and those in the top 10 of the list are the US, India, Brazil, France, Germany, the United Kingdom (UK), Russia, South Korea, Italy and Turkiye.
The breakdown of the top 10 nations (+ new record daily cases) is as follows:
US 88,566,961 (+96,702);
India 43,365,016 (+17,419);
Brazil 31,963,736 (+69,231);
France 30,434,451 (+79,852);
Germany 27,573,585 (+119,360);
UK 22,576,354 (+18,269);
Russia 18,409,651 (+3,166);
South Korea 18,305,783 (+7,442);
Italy 18,071,634 (+56,166);
Turkiye 15,085,742 (+no information).
Besides Malaysia, the Southeast Asian nations namely Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Brunei, have joined the list of 127 countries with more than 100,000 COVID-19 cases.
The cumulative breakdown of COVID-19 cases (+new daily cases) is as follows:-
Vietnam in 12th spot - 10,740,595 (+740);
Indonesia in 19th spot - 6,074,825 (+1,907);
Malaysia in 25th spot - 4,549,847 (+2,796);
Thailand in 26th spot - 4,507,228 (+2,299);
Philippines in 35th spot - 3,698,509 (+716);
Singapore in 52nd spot - 1,390,558 (+6,606);
Myanmar in 81st spot - 613,532 (+11);
Laos in 111th spot - 210,222 (+1);
Brunei in 123rd spot - 158,524 (+no information) and
Cambodia in 125th spot - 136,262 (+no information).
-- The World Health Organisation (WHO)’s China country office was informed of cases of pneumonia that were detected in Wuhan on Dec 31, 2019. On Jan 7, 2020 the Chinese authorities confirmed that the newly detected novel coronavirus can be transmitted from human to human.
-- Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-COV).
-- A study of the virus’ genetic sequence suggested similarities to that seen in snakes and bats. China health officials identified the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan as the source of the transmission of the coronavirus.
-- On Feb 11, 2020, WHO announced the official name of the virus, COVID-19, which is an acronym for coronavirus 2019 – CO stands for corona, VI for virus and D for disease.
-- On Jan 30, 2020, WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak as a global emergency and on March 11, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.
-- WHO has described the COVID-19 outbreak as much more dangerous than the A H1N1 Influenza, also known as Swine Flu.
-- Swine Flu, which occurred between January 2009 and August 2010, infected more than 1.6 million people and caused 18,449 fatalities. It was first detected in Mexico and later in the United States in March 2009.
-- COVID-19 was detected in Malaysia on Jan 25, 2020, when three Chinese citizens, who had entered Malaysia through Johore from Singapore on Jan 23, were tested positive for the disease.
-- New variants of the COVID-19 coronavirus have since emerged in the United Kingdom (identified as B117) in September 2020, South Africa (501Y.V2) in October 2020 and India (B.1.617), also in October 2020.
-- Cumulatively, Malaysia's COVID-19 cases have breached the one million mark as on July 25, with 1,013,438 cases. The first time daily cases reached the five-digit level was on July 13 with 11,079 cases.
-- WHO on Nov 26 designated a new variant of COVID-19, named Omicron, a variant of concern. It was first detected in Gauteng Province, South Africa.
-- Scientists at the IHU have detected a new variant named B.1.640.2 at end-November last year, with 46 mutations on its spike protein and nicknamed it IHU.
-- Meanwhile, Israel has confirmed its first case of an individual infected with 'Flurona', a term coined to describe the condition of being infected with COVID-19 and the seasonal flu simultaneously. (Jan 2, 2022).
-- April 1, 2022 – Malaysia enters the transition to endemic phase of COVID-19 as an exit strategy that allows Malaysians to return to normalcy after almost two years of battling COVID-19.
-- May 1, 2022 – On April 27, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced the easing of several restrictions, which include the lifting of the requirement for check-ins on MySejahtera effective May 1.
Translated by Salbiah Said
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