Dip in daily cases as nation approaches 2mil total mark

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s daily new Covid-19 cases saw a slight drop to 19,198 new infections being recorded yesterday.

The cumulative number of cases is now close to the two-million mark with 1,979,698 infections since the pandemic began last year.

Sarawak had the highest number of cases with 5,291, although this comprises a five-day backlog, followed by Selangor (2,347) and Johor (2,110).

Other states with cases above 1,000 are Sabah (1,717), Kelantan (1,435), Penang (1,309), Kedah (1,256) and Perak (1,118).

In his daily Covid-19 statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 98.7% or 18,945 of the new cases were either mild or asymptomatic.

Another 1.3% or 253 cases were those in Categories 3 to 5.

He said a total of 1,298 patients were in intensive care units (ICUs) with 960 of them confirmed to be Covid-19 cases while 338 were suspected cases and still under investigation.

Among those warded in the ICU, 744 are on ventilator support.

The national infectivity rate or R-naught (R0) stood at 0.99, with eight states recording a higher rate.

These were Sarawak (1.15), Terengganu (1.09), Johor and Perak (1.05), Pahang (1.04), Penang (1.03), Perlis and Kelantan (1.02).

Melaka, Kedah, Sabah, Putrajaya, Negri Sembilan, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur saw a R0 rate of below 1.0 while Labuan is the only area with a zero infectivity rate.

Dr Noor Hisham said there were 20,980 recoveries over the preceding 24 hours.

A total of 34 new clusters were detected, bringing the number of active clusters to 1,440 nationwide.

Of these, 17 were workplace-related, 14 were linked to the community, two involved high-risk groups and one was from a religious group.

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