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We Broke 500K Covid-19 Cases In 482 Days, And The Number Just Keeps Climbing

We Broke 500K Covid-19 Cases In 482 Days, And The Number Just Keeps Climbing

That’s an average of 1,035 new cases every day for 482 days straight.

Anne Dorall

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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.

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

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.

READ MORE: It’s Been One Year Since Malaysia’s First Covid-19 Case: Here’s Where We’re At Today

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.

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