DG: Most cases asymptomatic or mild

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s Covid-19 situation remains high as its daily figures stayed above the 17,000 mark for the second consecutive day.

In his daily Covid-19 update, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the country recorded 17,170 new cases, bringing the national tally to 1,078,646.

“Of the 17,170 cases recorded, 383 or 2.3% are cases in Categories 3, 4 and 5 whereas 16,787 or 97.7% are cases that are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms,” he said.

About 14,417 (83%) of the new cases involved individuals who have not been vaccinated.

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 84 are those linked to clusters.

Selangor also reported three import cases.

The country’s infectivity rate continued to climb, up to an Rt level of 1.16 on Wednesday compared to 1.14 the previous day.

Terengganu and Kelantan had the highest infectivity rate – recording Rt levels of 1.33 and 1.26 respectively.

Meanwhile, another 174 more people in Malaysia have succumbed to the disease.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Covid-19 death toll is now 8,725.

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

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

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

Sabah and Terengganu had eight deaths each, Perak three, Kelantan two and Pahang one. Of the fatalities, 28 were 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.

Another 12,930 patients were discharged from treatment yesterday.

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.

The Health Ministry also identified 36 new Covid-19 clusters, bringing the number of active ones nationwide to 1,064.

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