New Daily COVID-19 Cases Breach 3-Digit Mark As Malaysia Prepares To Open Economy

The Ministry of Health recorded 105 new cases today, of which 94 are locals. Additionally, a new cluster has been identified in Temerloh, Pahang, where six individuals have tested positive.

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The daily number of new COVID-19 cases has once again breached the three-digit mark in the country — after a gap of two weeks — with the Ministry of Health (MOH) recording 105 new cases today, 2 May

Of the 105 new cases recorded today, 94 are locally transmitted cases, with only 11 imported.

The last three-digit breach was recorded on 14 April, when 170 cases were recorded.

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The cumulative total in Malaysia now stands at 6,176 cases as of 2 May.

Of which, 4,326 have recovered and 103 have died. There are currently 1,747 active cases.

Additionally, a new cluster has been identified in Temerloh, Pahang

So far, six individuals have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The new cluster is a Lanchang-based tahfiz school in Temerloh, Pahang.

The latest numbers come as Malaysia prepares to open up under a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) on 4 May

Under CMCO, most businesses and some social activities have been allowed to resume.

For example, Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana) has announced that it will revert to normal operating hours of 6am until midnight when the CMCO takes effect on Monday.

Prasarana is the operator of the Rapid Rail and Bus services in the Klang Valley and other states; as well as the Rapid Ferry service.

On Friday, 1 May, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said that the country has incurred an estimated RM63 billion losses since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was enforced on 18 March.

"After almost two months into the MCO, I am aware the majority want to return to work. Traders want to reopen their businesses and the same applies to industrial operators who want to resume operations," he said in his special televised address in conjunction with Labour Day.

"This is important since it is your source of income. If the MCO is extended, it will surely put a dent on your income resulting in bad implications to one's financial position. The same could be said for the nation. When economic activities are temporarily ceased, it will affect the income of the nation," said Muhyiddin.

"Tax cannot be collected, industries will not be able to expand, economic growth is halted and this would eventually lead to unemployment."

Meanwhile, during the press briefing today, the Health director-general warned that the safest place for Malaysians, for now, is home

The safest place in this current situation is at home. Please stay at home.
Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

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