Covid-19: 174 new deaths bring total fatalities to 8,725

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. -Bernama filepic

PUTRAJAYA: Another 174 more people in Malaysia have died to Covid-19, says the Health Ministry.

In his daily Covid-19 statement on Thursday (July 29), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 8,725 in the country have died since the pandemic began.

“Of the 174 deaths, 157 were Malaysians and 17 were foreign nationals,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

Selangor had the most number of fatalities with 70 cases reported in the state, followed by Kuala Lumpur with 20 deaths.

Johor and Kedah had 17 cases each, Melaka had 10, Negri Sembilan and Penang had nine each.

Sabah and Terengganu had eight death cases each, Perak had three, Kelantan had two and Pahang had one.

Some 28 deaths in the country have been classified as “brought-in-dead” cases - including 13 in Selangor.

A total of 140 casualties had some form of underlying conditions.

Currently, 1,043 patients are in intensive care units (ICU), with 531 on ventilator support.

On Thursday, Malaysia recorded 17,170 new Covid-19 cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said only 383 (2.3%) of the new cases are those in the more severe Category 3, 4, and 5.

Some 97.7% of the cases (16,787 cases) have mild or no symptoms.

Selangor remained the state with the most cases, recording 7,163 new infections.

Of the state’s total, 3,949 cases (55%) were traced from close contacts of positive cases.

Another 3,127 cases (43%) are sporadic cases, while only 84 are linked to clusters. Selangor also reported three import cases.

In the same 24-hour span, 12,930 patients were discharged from treatment.

To date, 890,742 patients in Malaysia have recovered from Covid-19.

Total active cases in the country have now gone up to an all-time high of 179,179.

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