Health DG shows infectivity rate on downward trend, now below 1.0

PETALING JAYA: The infectivity rate (R-nought or R0) of Covid-19 in the country has dipped below 1.0 during the first week of the lockdown, recording 0.99 on June 6, down from 1.07 on June 1.

On Twitter, health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah shared data showing that the number of Covid-19 cases recorded daily had significantly reduced, after it peaked at 9,020 on May 29 when the infectivity rate was at 1.16.

However, the number of cases remain above 6,000 with 6,241 cases on June 6, with 2,178 cases recorded in Selangor alone.

The Health Ministry also forecast that new cases would have gone above 10,000 if the national infectivity rate rose above 1.2 and standard operating procedures were not followed.

The last time the infectivity rate dipped below 1.0 was on April 7. The R0 reached a peak of 1.21 on May 23, but has shown a decline since June 1.

An infectivity rate of above 1.0 means more people will get infected and a value below 1.0 means the number of cases will go down.

The data also revealed that Labuan recorded the highest infectivity rate at 1.36, while Perlis recorded the lowest at 0.95 as of June 6.

On June 6, the Health Ministry reported 86,628 active cases in the country, with 890 patients being treated in intensive care units and 444 of them required respiratory support.

While the country recorded 5,133 new recoveries on Sunday (June 6), which brought total recoveries to 526,809, there were also 87 deaths, bringing total fatalities to 3,378.

There are currently 713 active clusters, with 30 new ones detected on Sunday, most of which were linked to the workplace.

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