PUTRAJAYA: The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in the country has reached 1.9 million after 19,733 more infections were recorded yesterday.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the 19,733 new cases, 97.8% were either mild or asymptomatic infections.
“Another 429 cases (2%) were those in Categories 3, 4 and 5,” he added in his daily Covid-19 statement.
About 91% of the new cases involved either unvaccinated individuals (76%) or those who had not completed their vaccination (15%).
“This situation clearly shows that individuals who are fully vaccinated are more protected and also less at risk of getting a severe Covid-19 infection.
“So, those who have not been vaccinated are advised to quickly get jabbed to protect the people around (them) from the possibility of being infected with Covid-19,” said Dr Noor Hisham.
For the third straight day, Sarawak reported the highest number of cases with 3,100 new infections. Selangor was second with 2,989 cases, followed by Penang (2,474) and Sabah (2,067).
The national infectivity (Rt) is 0.95 as at Sept 7.
Malaysia also reported 361 more Covid-19 deaths and 22,701 recoveries yesterday.
Selangor (67 deaths) and Johor (65) had the highest number of fatalities.
Some 102 deaths were classified as “brought-in-dead” (BID) cases.
The national Covid-19 death toll is now at 19,163.
Nationwide, there are 248,673 active Covid-19 cases. Of that, 904 are in intensive care units (ICUs) and 430 are on breathing support.
The country’s Covid-19 ICU bed usage rate is at 84% as at Sept 7, an increase from the 68% reported the previous day.
The 84% is out of 1,570 beds assigned for ICU usage throughout the country, according to the Health Ministry’s latest ICU figures.
Kedah is the only state left operating at overcapacity, with its current ICU bed usage rate at 122% (out of 104 beds).
Perak, which was at 111% usage (out of 112 beds) on Tuesday, is now down to 96%.
The states with the lowest ICU occupancy rates are Negri Sembilan (31% out of 88 ICU beds) and Labuan (0% out of 18 beds).
In terms of Covid-19 non-ICU beds, the nationwide occupancy rate as at Sept 7 was at 77% (out of 17,855 beds), an increase from 72% the previous day.