COVID-19: Red zones with fewer than 41 active cases drop to 13

KUALA LUMPUR (April 20): The number of red zones in Malaysia that have less than 41 active cases of Covid-19 has dropped to 13 after infections in the Melaka Tengah health district jumped to 65 as at noon yesterday.

The day before, Melaka Tengah only had 22 active cases; a red zone is defined as a health district with over 40 total cases of Covid-19, derived from all the positive test results ever recorded.

As daily recoveries exceeded daily new infections for the eleventh time, active infections have fallen to 2,103 cases; there are a total of 5,389 cases as at yesterday.

Kuala Lumpur, which is home to a few high-risk areas, has recorded 1,004 infections, representing 18.6% of overall cases. However, active cases in all four of its health districts — which are currently designated as red zones — stand at 526.

Lembah Pantai, which covers downtown Kuala Lumpur, continues to lead with the highest number of confirmed infections at 628 total cases, with 343 active cases.

In the capital’s other health districts, Kepong has 157 total cases, compared with 85 active cases, followed by Titiwangsa, with 134 total cases versus 57 active cases, and Cheras, which has 85 total cases versus 41 active cases.

Parts of downtown Kuala Lumpur such as Jalan Masjid India, Jalan Munshi Abdullah and surrounding streets were put under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) on the advice of the Ministry of Health, after several Covid-19 cases were found in some flats and condos there.

Meanwhile, in Selangor, 1,258 confirmed infections were recorded in its six red zones, but active cases stood at 358.

Over at Hulu Langat, where a few villages were put under lockdown until recently, there are 446 total infections but active cases currently stand at 106.

Meanwhile, Petaling has 375 infections versus 111 active cases, Gombak (144 versus 43) and Klang (173 versus 69).

In Peninsular Malaysia, other red zones such as Sepang and Hulu Selangor in Selangor, as well as Rembau in Negeri Sembilan, Batu Pahat and Muar in Johor, Jerantut in Pahang, and Kota Bharu in Kelantan have fewer than 41 active cases.

In East Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu has 18 active cases and Lahad Datu has 10.

Meanwhile, the number of green zones (the areas with zero active cases) has improved to 52 from 47 previously.

As of yesterday, Malaysia has recorded 84 new daily infections, fewer cases than the number of daily recoveries, which is 95.

The number of recoveries stood at 3,197 or 59.3% of the overall cases.

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