Upward trend continues

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia continued its upward trend of Covid-19 infections with 15,902 recorded yesterday, making it the most cases in a day since the pandemic hit the nation.

The latest record surpassed the previous record of 15,573 cases on Friday.

With the newest numbers, the nation’s cumulative total now stands at 996,393 cases, inching closer to the one million mark.

A total of 184 deaths were logged, taking the total number of Covid-19 fatalities to 7,902.

Of the fatalities, 32 were brought in dead.

Yesterday’s 9,471 recoveries brought the cumulative recovered cases to 834,858 (83.79% of cases).

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 3.2% of the 15,902 new Covid-19 cases reported were in Categories 3, 4 and 5 when diagnosed.

Some 127 cases were in Category 3 (pneumonia), 129 belonged to Category 4 (pneumonia and in need of oxygen) while 260 were in Category 5 (critical and in need of respiratory aid).

Most or 96.8% of the new Covid-19 patients were in Category 1 (asymptomatic) and Category 2 (mild symptoms).

“These are the clinical conditions of the patients when they are first diagnosed with Covid-19. Some continue to be in the same category throughout the period of the infection, while some either improve in status or deteriorate to a more severe category,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday.

He said Categories 1 and 2 are low-risk patients who have suitable living spaces that allowed them to be isolated at home.

“This would help reduce congestion in quarantine and treatment centres as well as hospitals.

“Those in Category 3, 4 and 5 will be sent to such centres, hospital wards and intensive care units.

“However, when we see the scenario in hospitals, the proportion of patients in Categories 3 to 5 are higher.

“This is because most of those in Categories 1 and 2 are isolated at home after meeting the requirements to be isolated at home,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

Dr Noor Hisham said 27 new clusters were detected, with most being workplace outbreaks.

“There are currently 976 active clusters in the country,” he added.

Based on the latest data on Friday, Malaysia’s Covid-19 infectivity rate (Rt) is at 1.09, with Terengganu having the highest Rt value at 1.37.

This is followed by Kedah with 1.23 and Penang at 1.22.

“All states have recorded Rt values over 1.0 except for Labuan and Perlis,” he said.

The Rt value refers to the average number of people that a person who has the coronavirus can infect.

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