Four states lead virus fight


PETALING JAYA: Perak, Kelantan, Kedah and Penang are currently in the lead in the fight against Covid-19, data from the Health Ministry shows.

They have the lowest number of active cases in relation to the total number of people infected in each state.

The term “active cases” refers to the number of infected people who are still undergoing treatment.

Perak is at the top as only 25 patients (9.9%) of the 252 people who have been infected with Covid-19 in the state are still in hospital.

In the second spot is Kelantan (10.3%) and followed by Kedah (11.7%).

Penang is fourth. There were 119 people infected in the state and from the total, only 14 (11.8%) remain under treatment (see graphic).

The Health Ministry has been releasing figures on the total number of confirmed cases in each district and state daily since March 21.

Yesterday, it started to also release figures on the number of active cases in each district and state.

However, the ministry has yet to release the number of deaths daily by state or district. The numbers also show frontline states in the battle against the pandemic.

Sarawak has the highest percentage of patients still in hospitals with 332 or 82.4% out of the 403 people infected being treated.

In second place is Kuala Lumpur (73.8%), followed by Melaka (63.5%).

Selangor, which has the highest number of confirmed cases among all the states at 1,340, is ninth.

The ministry yesterday also released details on 31 Covid-19 clusters and sub-clusters.

The information did not include the Sri Petaling tabligh cluster which makes up 37% of cases in the country. Of the 31 clusters, three have made full recovery.

The ministry identified them as Pekan (22 cases), Madrasah Penanti (six cases) and Japanese citizen (three cases) clusters.

No details were given to how and when some of the relatively lesser known clusters started.

Three other clusters saw significant improvement in recoveries.

They are the Executive (103 recoveries), Bandar Baru Bangi wedding (85 recoveries) and Rembau (51 recoveries) clusters.

The recovery rate of these three clusters stood at more than 80% respectively with less than 20 remaining cases each.

A number of other clusters, however, did not record any recoveries.

They include the Selangor Mansion (84 cases), Sabah health worker (31 cases), Sungai Buloh health worker (16 cases), Makasar tabligh (nine cases) and Pakistan tabligh (six cases) clusters.

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