PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia's Covid-19 death toll has reached 22,355 after the Health Ministry reported 346 fatalities on Thursday (Sept 16).
Out of the 346 deaths, one occurred on Thursday, while the rest are backlogged cases.
This is based on the Health Ministry's CovidNow website, which shows the number of newly-reported deaths including the backlog as well as a separate figure for actual deaths.
The actual number of deaths is dynamic as Covid-19 fatalities take time to confirm and verify.
Based on CovidNow's latest graph, the average number of deaths daily over the past seven days is 107.
This continues a declining trend of Covid-19 deaths from early August, when the average was around 300 fatalities a day.
Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Putrajaya and Labuan recorded zero deaths of Sept 16.
Of the 346 reported deaths on Thursday, 94 were recorded in Selangor, followed by Kedah (82), Johor (59), Sabah (47), Penang (30) Sarawak (14), Terengganu (four), Melaka (four) and three deaths each were reported in Perak, Perlis, Kelantan and Kuala Lumpur respectively.
Of these, 105 fatalities were classified as "brought-in-dead" (BID) cases.
This brings the total of BID cases in the country to 4,263.
On Thursday, Malaysia reported 18,808 new Covid-19 cases and 16,939 recoveries.
The number of active Covid-19 cases is 227,120, an increase of 1,530 from the previous day.
Of the total active cases, 189,657 or 83.5% are patients with mild infections and are undergoing home quarantine.
Another 24,296 (10.7%) are those under isolation at low-risk quarantine centres (PKRC).
Some 11,933 (5.3%) are hospitalised, while another 1,234 are at intensive care units (ICU).
The national ICU utilisation rate is currently at 78.7%.
Kedah, which saw ICU utilisation rate at overcapacity for the past few days is currently at 93.9%.
Kelantan, whose ICU rate was at 103.3% on Monday, saw its figure go down to 69.8% on Thursday.
The Klang Valley's ICU usage rate is at 83.3%.