Health DG: Covid-19 infectivity rate still above 1.0 for two-thirds of Malaysia


Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. -Bernama filepic

PETALING JAYA: The Covid-19 infectivity rate (Rt) remains above 1.0 for two-thirds of the nation, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Based on the number of daily cases, the Health director-general said the infectivity rate for the country is expected to reach 1.09 with only four states recording below 1.0.

Putrajaya recorded the highest Rt value at 1.28.

"States expected to record Rt above 1.0 are Perak (1.18), Kuala Lumpur (1.16), Selangor (1.14), Pahang (1.10), Kedah (1.08), Sabah and Penang (1.07), Melaka (1.06), Terengganu (1.04) as well as Negri Sembilan (1.02)," he said.

"States expected to record Rt below one are Johor (0.96), Kelantan (0.90), Labuan and Sarawak (0.86)," added Dr Noor Hisham on Twitter Thursday (July 8) night.

The nation saw a record number of Covid-19 deaths per day on Thursday with 135 fatalities, surpassing the previous record on June 2 with 126 deaths.

The country also saw the second-highest number of daily infections with 8,868 cases on Thursday.

The highest daily figure was 9,020 cases on May 29.

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