Covid-19: Malaysia records 1,555 new cases — lowest daily figure in 57 days, six deaths

KUALA LUMPUR (March 2): Malaysia today recorded 1,555 new Covid-19 cases — marking the lowest number of infections reported in 57 days — bringing cumulative Covid-19 cases in the country to 304,135.

This is also the second consecutive day that new cases stayed below the 2,000 mark. Yesterday, Malaysia reported 1,828 new infections.

Six more fatalities were reported, three from Selangor while one each was from Sabah, Kuala Lumpur and Perak. This raised the total fatalities to 1,141, said health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a virtual press briefing today.

The deceased, involving five Malaysians and one foreigner, were aged between 44 and 80 years. 

Selangor again topped the list with the most Covid-19 infections reported today, at 672 cases, followed by Johor with 163 cases and Sarawak with 159 cases.

Among the new infections, 1,552 were locally transmitted while three were imported.

“For the locally transmitted cases, 1,108 involved Malaysians while 444 were foreigners,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

New recoveries, meanwhile, came in at 2,528. This brought Malaysia’s total recoveries so far to 278,431 or 91.5% of overall infections.

As daily recoveries continue to surpass new infections for the sixth straight day, active cases have been further trimmed to 24,563. It is worth noting that active cases have shown a steady decline for 20 straight days from a high of 52,186 on Feb 10.

Earlier this evening, the Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the implementation of Movement Control Order (MCO) in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Penang will be switched to Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). This will take effect from March 5 until March 18.

Kedah, Kelantan, Negri Sembilan, Sarawak and Perak, meanwhile, will remain under the CMCO, while Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya, Labuan and Perlis will be placed under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).

He also said inter-district travels within a state will be allowed, except Sabah, though interstate travels are still banned.

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