KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 — New Covid-19 cases jumped back up to nearly 7,000 as of noon after dipping below the psychological threshold of 5,000 in the last two days, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted today.
Infections in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur accounted for close to half of the 6,849 reported positive cases. Cumulative cases now stood at 646,411.
Selangor, the country’s most populous state which has ramped up testing since last month, reported 2,558 cases while neighbouring Kuala Lumpur recorded 884.
Sarawak and Negri Sembilan accounted for the third and fourth highest cases, at 699 and 685 respectively.
Today marks the 11th day the Ministry of Health recorded between 6,000 and 7,000 daily cases, the last being May 20.
Malaysia has reached a peak of 9,000 daily cases once, on May 29, recorded cases above 8,000 twice on May 28 and June 3, and saw seven days where between 7,000 and 8,000 cases were recorded.
The country has been placed under “total lockdown” since June 1 as the National Security Council bids to curb the surge in cases and relieve a strained healthcare system.
Dr Noor Hisham said this morning the infectivity rate has shown positive signs thanks to compliance towards Covid-19 standard operating procedures.
The country’s daily vaccination rate has also continued to climb, as 157,949 people were administered Covid-19 vaccines yesterday, said the Special Committee on Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Supply (JKJAV).
The JKJAV said that 111,130 individuals were given their first dose of the vaccine, whilst 46,819 others completed their second required dose for full vaccination.
This also marks the third day that the daily vaccination rate has been over 150,000, with 154,866 shots being administered yesterday and 151,309 the day before that.