That’s an average of 1,035 new cases every day for 482 days straight.
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Today, 22 May 2021, Malaysia broke 500,000 Covid-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. It’s been 483 days since the very first case was detected in Malaysia on 25 January 2020.
Terkini. 22 Mei. Kes baharu hari ini 6,320. #COVID19— KKMalaysia🇲🇾 (@KKMPutrajaya) May 22, 2021
There were 6,320 new confirmed cases today and 50 new deaths.
The state with the highest number of cases is still Selangor which had 1,647 new cases, followed by Sarawak (749), Kuala Lumpur (654), Kelantan (613), Johor (477), and Negeri Sembilan (396).
There were also 4,694 more recoveries.
This brings Malaysia’s total cases to 505,115, total deaths to 2,199, and total recoveries to 449,234
Status Terkini #COVID19, 22 Mei 2021— KKMalaysia🇲🇾 (@KKMPutrajaya) May 22, 2021
Kes sembuh= 4,694
Jumlah kes sembuh= 449,234
Kes baharu positif= 6,320 (6,317 tempatan, 3 import)
Jumlah positif= 505,115
Kes kematian= 50
Jumlah kes kematian= 2,199
Kes dirawat di ICU= 652
Bantuan Alat Pernafasan= 370 pic.twitter.com/KBVjfsY5ZF
This number means that on average, 1,035 new people were infected with Covid-19 for 483 days every day since the very beginning of the pandemic.
Even though half a million cases, to Malaysia’s total population of 31.95 million, is only around 1.5% of the population affected, the pandemic has impacted every single person in the country personally, from frontline workers to anxious family members.
Percentages don’t tell the full story
Similar to Malaysia, Singapore also has around 1% of their population affected by Covid-19.
However, they have significantly less number of cases than we do. Of their 5.704 million population, they only have 61,730 Covid-19 cases– just around 12% of our total number of cases– even though their population density is more than 80 times denser.
Let’s keep it down
We’ve been through ups and downs this past 1 year and 3 months, through multiple phases of movement control orders, through various stages of celebration and despair, but the fact is that Covid-19 cases are still rising fast and a huge risk to the country.
However, vaccines are already being distributed, first for the more vulnerable and most at risk such as the elderly and our frontliners. While we’re all facing pandemic fatigue, there is a very real possibility that we’re almost at the end of the race.
Stay safe, Malaysians.
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.