Slight drop in cases after breaching 9,000 mark for four days

PETALING JAYA: New Covid-19 daily cases dropped slightly from over 9,000 in the last four days to 8,547 yesterday.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said the country’s cumulative cases now stood at 844,870.

He said Selangor recorded the highest new cases with a total of 4,308 followed by Negri Sembilan (794) and Kuala Lumpur (609).

“There were 102 fatalities with Selangor recording the highest death with 46 cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur (16) and Negri Sembilan (14),” he noted.

Dr Noor Hisham added that from a total of 40 import cases, 36 were Malaysians while four were other nationalities.

He said 5,041 patients were discharged yesterday, bringing the number of recoveries to 747,338 or 88% of the total cases.

At present, 964 patients are in intensive care with 452 on ventilator support.

Active cases across the country had also gone up to 91, 272 while 16 new clusters had been detected, bringing the number of active clusters to 865.

Meanwhile, based on the latest data recorded on Sunday, Malaysia’s Rt – an indicator of how fast Covid-19 is spreading – was at 1.15.

“The state that recorded the highest Rt is Putrajaya which stood at 1.31.

“Other states that recorded an Rt rate higher than 1.0 are Selangor (1.18), Kuala Lumpur (1.17), Kedah (1.17) and Pahang (1.14),” said Dr Noor Hisham.

He also urged the public, including those who had received their Covid-19 vaccinations, to comply with all the standard health protocols and treat it as part of a new norm.

“The Health Ministry will continue to monitor the development of the infections inside and outside of the country via the latest information received from the World Health Organisation.

“The public will also be informed about it,” added the Health director-general.

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