PETALING JAYA: The Covid-19 virus has claimed another 129 lives in the last 24 hours – 118 Malaysians and 11 foreigners.
This brings the death toll to 7,148 since the pandemic began.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 61 were recorded in Selangor, Kedah (14), Kuala Lumpur (11), Negri Sembilan (10), Melaka (10), Johor (nine), Terengganu (three), Sarawak (three), Sabah (two), Perak (two), Penang (two) and one each in Kelantan and Labuan.
There are seven brought-in-dead cases in Selangor, two in Sarawak and one each in Kuala Lumpur, Negri Sembilan, Johor and Sabah.
Dr Noor Hisham said among the new 10,972 cases, 48 were imported, involving 28 Malaysians and 20 foreigners.
At present, 915 patients are in intensive care, with 435 on ventilator support.
The total number of active Covid-19 cases has risen to 128,997, while Malaysia’s cumulative cases stand at 927,533.
There are also 6,439 recoveries recorded nationwide, with a recovery rate of 85.3%.
Thirty-one new Covid-19 clusters were also identified yesterday, bringing the total active clusters in the country to 920 nationwide.
Eighteen clusters involved workplaces while there were eight in the community, two involving high-risk groups in Kuala Lumpur and Kelantan, two related to detention centres in Melaka and one imported cluster in Johor.
Selangor recorded the highest daily number with 4,404 cases, followed by Negri Sembilan (1,340), Johor (876), Kedah (705) and Sabah (651).
Three states with the lowest cases are Perlis (1), Labuan (24), and Putrajaya (48).
Dr Noor Hisham said as of July 18, data from Sungai Buloh Hospital showed a significant decrease in the number of cases with serious infections (Category 4 and 5) among the elderly beginning epidemiology week 23.
“This downward trend is in line with the start of Phase Two of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme in April.
“It started showing early signs of effectiveness since the epidemiology week 22,” Dr Noor Hisham said.
He also wished all Muslims in the country a blessed Hari Raya Aidiladha. “May we take the lesson behind the meaning of sacrifice and appreciate it in our daily lives.”