COVID-19: Death toll soars while infection rates dips, MCO extended till Feb 18

THE Health Ministry announced 3,455 new COVID-19 infections and a whopping 21 deaths in the past 24 hours.

In a statement, Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also announced that there were 3,661 recoveries, bringing the total number of those recovered to 173,990.

“We have a total number of 222,628 infection cases as of now. Unfortunately, 21 people have lost their lives to the coronavirus, bringing the total death toll to 791,” he added.

Among the deceased, only one was a foreigner while the rest were locals.

Selangor still recorded the highest number of infections with 1,145, followed by Johor (708) and Kuala Lumpur (619).

On related matter, Noor Hisham announced that his ministry has found seven new clusters in the country.

Out of the seven, six are work placed related and the balance was community based.

“With that, we have 404 active clusters. Four clusters have ended today; which are Bukit Angkat, Bukit Semenyih construction site, Kiara construction site and Brumas,” he added.

On related matter, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the nationwide MCO, set to expire on Feb 4, will be extended until Feb 18.

However, the parts of Sarawak will be exempted as they are already under EMCO.

He also said that the Government would tighten rules on the SOP due to rising number of new infections in the country.

“For instance, people can enter supermarket now freely, which causes crowd build up. We will limit the number of patrons,” Ismail said.

The Bera MP said the Government would also be drafting SOP for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration on Feb 12.

“Although there is some loosening of restrictions, especially in the economic sectors, I hope the people will continue to follow the SOPs,” he added. – Feb 2, 2021.

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