Malaysia's New COVID-19 Cases Continue To Hover Around 2-Digit Count

The country has recorded double-digit daily new coronavirus cases in 21 of the last 41 days.

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A total of 14 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded today, 12 July

Of which, 11 are local infections with three imported cases, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

Among the 11 local infections, three are Malaysian nationals while eight others are foreigners.

In the three local cases, while two are from Sarawak, one is from Sabah.

This is the third time in July that the country recorded double-digit new coronavirus cases. Since June, there have been 21 such days.

In the last 41 days, Malaysia has had only one single day when the three-digit count was recorded with 277 cases on 4 June. Other than that, daily new COVID-19 cases in the country continue to hover around the double-digit count with the highest being 93 on 3 June and the lowest being 10 on 4 July.

On 11 July, while eight new cases were recorded, there were 13 new cases a day before on 10 July.

While daily new cases have been relatively low, the frequent double-digit count should be viewed with caution as life in Malaysia returns to normality amidst the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO)

In a report earlier today, Azril Annuar of Malay Mail reported that amidst the easing out of restrictions across the country as hairdressers, gyms, cinemas, and schools reopen, people have become complacent.

While social distancing is still being practised at shopping malls with temperature checks, the Malay Mail reporter said that there are some who are not adhering to MOH recommendations to wear face masks.

According to Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the government has received numerous complaints via social media of people flouting the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

He warned that people must be responsible in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

"It is our responsibility to care and safeguard our health. We don't see enforcement officers or police around us but as I, the Health Minister, Health director-general and the Prime Minister have stressed before, the virus is still around us," Ismail Sabri said during his live press briefing last week.

As long as there is no vaccine, it can infect anybody.
Ismail Sabri

"So I am pleading to the people to always have stay vigilant. We must be our own frontliners."

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Earlier this month, scientists from 32 countries called on the World Health Organization to revise its health and safety recommendations after learning that the novel coronavirus could be airborne:

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education has made several important announcements related to the reopening of schools: