ALTHOUGH many Malaysians are grunting over the extended movement control order (MCO) to Mar 4, 2021 that was recently announced, the number if new COVID-19 cases are still not going down fast enough for the Government to lift the travel restrictions.
Despite Selangor being one of the four states still placed under MCO (including Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Penang) while most other states are only under conditional MCO, Selangor is still the highest contributor to the number of new cases, standing at 1,382 out of the total of 2,998 today.
Johor stands second highest at 436, but Kuala Lumpur falls to fourth place at 226, beaten by Negeri Sembilan at 233.
In terms of fatalities, there were 22 deaths today, bringing the total past the thousand mark at 1,005.
However, there were also a high number of recoveries today at 5,709, adding to the total of 227,762.
Hopefully, the distribution of vaccines will help register a higher number of recoveries, but Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the Government has yet to discuss long-term support for vaccines, should there be a need to be inoculated on an annual basis.
Currently, there are 231 patients admitted in intensive care units with 115 requiring ventilation support. – Feb 17, 2021