Health D-G: Malaysia Will See Single-Digit COVID-19 Cases Soon

MOH recorded 37 new cases today, 19 May.

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According to Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham, Malaysia will soon see new COVID-19 cases in single-digits

During the press conference announcing the daily COVID-19 updates, he said that based on our daily cases, we are already looking at lower double digits.

He then explained that Malaysia is on track, despite the fact that there are two locations currently under Enhance Movement Control Order.

"If we look back to two weeks ago, the number of cases have not increased. It's still not decreasing as fast as we want, but we're still hanging on," he noted.

Dr Noor Hisham also assured that as long as there are roughly 20 new cases each day, the public health system could still take action and prevent the spread of infection.

He said, "As long as we're below 50 (cases), I'm quite happy."

The Ministry of Health (MOH) recorded 37 new COVID-19 cases today, 19 May

Within the 37 new cases, 22 of those infected with COVID-19 are foreigners.

This brings the number of cases in Malaysia to a total of 6,978 but only 1,218 out of the total are active cases.

Dr Noor Hisham also noted that there are two imported cases from Singapore reported today.

Within the past 24 hours, 44 patients have fully recovered

A total of 5,646 patients have been discharged from hospitals since the disease was first identified in the country.

The MOH's official Twitter account noted that the current recovery rate in Malaysia is 80.91%.

There was one coronavirus-related death reported within the past day. Therefore, Malaysia's COVID-19 death toll is now at 114.

The deceased was a 77-year-old woman with a history of diabetes, high blood pressure, and liver cancer.

She was pronounced dead at the Pahang Medical Centre.

There are currently 11 patients receiving treatment in Intensive Care Units, with six of them requiring breathing assistance.

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