PETALING JAYA: Malaysia reached another grim milestone with 199 Covid-19 deaths – the highest number recorded in a single day so far.
The previous records were 135 fatalities reported on July 8 and 126 deaths on June 2.
“The country’s Covid-19 death toll has now reached 7,440 since the pandemic began,” said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
Of the 199 deaths recorded yesterday, 84 came from Selangor, 57 in Kuala Lumpur, 16 in Melaka, 12 in Kedah, seven in Negri Sembilan, six each in Pahang and Johor, three in Terengganu, and two each in Kelantan, Penang and Perak.
Sabah and Sarawak registered one fatality each.
Dr Noor Hisham said 33 deaths were classified as brought in dead cases.
At present, there are 927 people in intensive care nationwide, 459 of whom require ventilator support.
Dr Noor Hisham said the number of active Covid-19 cases stood at 137,587.
Yesterday, there were 11,985 new cases reported.
From the total cases reported, 65 cases were labelled as category 5 (critical and require breathing aid), 45 cases in category 4 (pneumonia and requiring oxygen), 178 cases under category 3 (pneumonia), 5,847 cases were in category 2 (mild symptoms) and 5,850 cases were in category 1 (asymptomatic).
Dr Noor Hisham said they decided to allow patients in categories 1 and 2 to self-isolate if they have appropriate living spaces, in order to reduce the burden on the public healthcare system.
“Category 3 till 5 cases will be warded at hospital and also the ICU,” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham urged Malaysians between the ages of 18 and 59 to register for vaccination in order to prevent serious hospitalisation which could further burden the healthcare system.
He said the younger age group, especially those in their 40s and 50s, was being warded in the ICU compared to senior citizens aged 60 and above.
Dr Noor Hisham added that there were 30 new clusters reported yesterday, bringing the number of active clusters to 931.
Of the new clusters, 17 of them were workplace clusters – five in Selangor, Penang (four), Johor (three), Sabah (two), Kedah (one), Kuala Lumpur (one), and Perak (one).