Covid-19: Total cases now past 20,000


PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s cumulative Covid-19 cases have surpassed the 20,000-mark with 871 new infections, says the Health director-general.

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total number of cases since the outbreak began in January now stood at 20,498, of which 7,049 were active.

He also said there were seven new Covid-19 deaths, which raised the overall death toll to 187.

Dr Noor Hisham said six fatalities were recorded in Sabah while the other was in Selangor.

The deceased were aged between 44 and 70.

He noted that 702 or 80.6% of the new cases were detected in Sabah, which is the highest daily increase in the state.

A total of 7,439 of cumulative cases or 36.3% of the country’s overall cases were recorded in Sabah, he said.

“The jump in the number of cases is because of the high number of samples from Sabah that were sent to the Institute for Medical Research (IMR),” he said at his daily press briefing yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said a total of 251,030 Covid-19 tests were conducted on individuals in Sabah, with the infectivity rate at 2.96%.

Overall, 97 cases or 11.1% of cases were recorded in prisons or remand centres while the Klang Valley recorded 9.6% of all cases.

“They are getting treatment at various health facilities,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said there were four new clusters identified in the country – Bah Layangan, Alma, Auto dan Kepayan Prison.

The Bah Layangan cluster involved cases in Labuan and Rembau in Negri Sembilan, with 13 positive cases.

In Seberang Perai, the Alma cluster has been identified with seven cases.

Almost 200 people are still awaiting their results from these two clusters.

The Auto cluster in the Petaling, Kuala Langat and Klang districts saw eight cases detected while 49 people were found to be positive in the Kepayan Prison cluster in Kota Kinabalu.

As of yesterday, the country has 85 active clusters with 31 of them reporting new cases yesterday.

Malaysia also discharged 701 patients – the highest number of patients in a day.

The overall number of recoveries is now 13,262 or a rate of 64.7%.

Currently, 86 people are being treated in intensive care units, with 28 of them requiring ventilator support.

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