6, 849 new cases recorded

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia recorded 6, 849 new Covid-19 infections with Selangor reporting the most cases at 2, 558.In his daily Covid-19 statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the country’s total confirmed infections had gone up to 646, 411 since the pandemic began.

He said Kuala Lumpur had the second highest figure with 884 new cases, followed by Sarawak (699) and Negri Sembilan (685).

Yesterday, 84 more Covid-19 fatalities were recorded, bringing the death toll to 3, 768.

Selangor recorded 19 deaths followed by Sarawak with 11 cases.

There were 16 cases which have been classified as “brought in dead”.

Currently, Dr Noor Hisham said, there were 912 patients being treated at intensive care units with 458 requiring ventilator support.

Meanwhile, the number of recoveries continued to outpace new figures for the fifth day running with 7, 749 people having been discharged in the last 24 hours.

The figure is also the country’s highest number of recoveries in a single day.

As a result, the number of active cases continued to drop, with the latest figures numbering at 78, 864.

On June 6, active cases hit its peak at 86, 628.

There are 16 new Covid-19 clusters, of which 12 are linked to workplaces, three are community outbreaks and one is linked to an old folk’s home.

On another matter, Dr Noor Hisham said a clinical study conducted by the ministry on 1, 004 category 4 and 5 Covid-19 patients found that 66% of the individuals suffered from post-covid-19 syndrome or “Long Covid”.

He said patients who suffered from the syndrome would continue to show symptoms for 12 weeks or more, and that included fatigue, breathing difficulties, insomnia, cough and anxiety.

“Therefore, it is important for us to protect ourselves and our family members from the dangers of Covid-19.

“Register for Covid-19 vaccination to avoid the risk of being infected by severe Covid-19.

“This is because the effects of the virus can be prolonged and this affects our life quality and productivity, ” he added.

Separately, in a Twitter post, Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia conducted 92, 420 Covid-19 tests on Thursday, the day the country recorded 5, 671 positive cases - which was a 6% positivity rate.

“For Covid-19 testing benchmark, the World Health Organisation has set the bar for adequate testing to at least 10, or preferably 30 negative cases, for every positive case, ” he said.

Of the 92, 420 test results recorded, 53, 876 were retrieved from RT-PCR tests while 38, 544 were conducted on antigen rapid test kits (RTK-Ag).

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