Daily cases at 12,541 but not many had serious symptoms


Lightening the mood: KKM Pahang frontliners making funny poses at the drive-through testing site in Kuantan. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Nearly all of the latest 12,541 Covid-19 cases were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms, said the Health Ministry.

In his daily update on the 24-hour span yesterday, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 6,504 (or 51.9%) of the cases had no symptoms and belonged to Category 1.

There were another 5,848 (46.6%) of new cases that were classified as Category 2, which meant they had mild symptoms.

This meant that 98.5% of new cases yesterday did not have serious symptoms.

However, there were 86 new Category 3 patients (0.7%) and 49 new Category 4 patients (0.4%).

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Category 3 patients are those who have pneumonia while Category 4 patients suffer from pneumonia and require oxygen therapy.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that there were 54 new Covid-19 patients under Category 5, which meant they were in critical condition and required assisted ventilation.

The states with the highest number of infections were Selangor (5,512), Negri Sembilan (1,619) and Kuala Lumpur (1,542).

Malaysia had also set a new unwanted record yesterday, with 37 new Covid-19 clusters.

“The last record high number of clusters was 30 on July 9,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

Out of the 37 new clusters, 19 were detected at the workplace while eight were linked to community transmission.

“Another four were detected at detention centres, three were linked to high-risk groups, and the remaining three were linked to educational centres,” he added.

The state with the highest number of new clusters was Johor (eight), followed by Selangor (five), Penang (four).

Another 115 deaths due to Covid-19 have been recorded, bringing the death toll to 6,728.

Some 87 fatalities had comorbidities, and 24 of them were brought in dead.

In the meantime, the country’s Rt value, which is the infectivity rate, is now at 1.2.

The state or territory with the highest Rt value is Putrajaya at 1.32, followed by Terengganu (1.27) and Kedah (1.23).

Meanwhile, as the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force launched “Operation Surge Capacity”, health experts gave the government initiative the thumbs up.

Medical Practitioners Coalition Association of Malaysia president Dr Raj Kumar Maharajah said it was a good thing to get the vulnerable groups inoculated so that Selangor and Kuala Lumpur could transition into the second phase of the National Recovery Plan soon.

“The general practitioners are ready to help the government achieve this target,” he said in reaction to the initiative.

“Operation Surge Capacity” aims to vaccinate 6.1 million adults in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by Aug 1.

For the operation to succeed, National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin said yesterday that the daily vaccination capacity in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor would be increased from the current 180,000 to 272,000.

He expects 2.6 million to receive their first dose by Aug 1.

Universiti Putra Malaysia medical epidemiologist Assoc Prof Dr Malina Osman, too, lauded the move.

“I welcome and feel grateful for this drastic action as this would further expedite the vaccination exercise in Selangor and KL and hence allow the (vaccination) coverage to be achieved faster in both areas,” she said.

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