Covid-19 Cases Shoot Above 2,000 Today & KKM Is Pushing For Interstate Travel Ban To Prevent Balik Kampung Outbreak
KKM says that the number of Covid-19 cases is on the rise and does not show signs of stabilising.
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Malaysia’s fourth wave of Covid-19 infections is slowly but surely becoming a reality as the Health Ministry reports the number of new cases has surged past the 2k mark – the highest in 41 days.
Of the 2,148 new cases reported today (15 April), Sarawak topped the states with 512 cases, followed by Selangor (459) and Kelantan (221).
Other states with triple digit cases today are: Sabah (202), Johor (182), Kuala Lumpur (171) and Penang (134).
Pecahan kes mengikut negeri, 15 April 2021. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/ncModh3843— KKMalaysia🇲🇾 (@KKMPutrajaya) April 15, 2021
The last time Malaysia’s daily new cases reached this height was on 5th March 2021 with 2,154 reported cases.
KKM Pleads To Keep Interstate Ban To Prevent Balik Kampung Wave
The Health Ministry has urged the government to postpone lifting the interstate travel ban ahead of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations come May, reports The Vibes.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba explained that this is due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases that are not showing any signs of stabilising.
Concerns are also mounting on the emergence of new variants of the coronavirus emerging within several communities, most notably the South African B.1.351 variant.
Yesterday (14 April), Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced that there are already 17 cases of the South African variant in Malaysia.
This particular variant is not only more transmissible but the vaccines are less effective against it, which may impact the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
READ MORE: Malaysia Is Dangerously In The Path Of A 4th Wave Of The Covid-19 Pandemic
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