Covid-19: S’gor recorded six deaths weekly on average this year

SHAH ALAM: Selangor recorded six deaths due to Covid-19 per week this year on average, as well as between 1,000 and 2,000 new infections daily.

Of the total number of cases so far this year, 95% were patients in Categories 1 and 2, with the remainder in Categories 3, 4 and 5.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari (pic) said at the start of the pandemic, the state recorded a 0.7% case-to-fatality ratio.

"However, since the start of this year, this figure has dropped to 0.1% which shows the improving Covid-19 situation in Selangor," he said in a reply to Datuk Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi (PN-Sijangkang) at the state assembly sitting in Shah Alam on Monday (Dec 5).

Amirudin attributed the improved situation to the high vaccine coverage in the state, adding that around 90% of residents had already received their shots.

He noted that as of Oct 15, more than 14.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines had been administered to residents of Selangor.

He added that 4.3 million adults, 520,000 teenagers and 320,000 children had already received two doses of a vaccine.

As for booster shots, Amirudin said four million adults or 89.4% of the population had already received one shot, while some 155,000 (3.4%) received two.

"As for teenagers, around 10,000 (1.8%) have received one booster shot, while 78 (0.01%) received two.

"A total of 266 children (0.04%) have also received one dose of the booster shot," he added.

Amirudin, however, said more promotion was needed to encourage people to get a second booster dose.

"This is due to the emergence of newer variants which, despite their lower fatality rate, are known to have higher infectivity,” he said.

He also stressed that continuous education programmes were a must to remind the public of the importance of self-testing and isolation.

"This is to protect the vulnerable such as senior citizens, pregnant women and those suffering from chronic disease," he added.

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