PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll has reached 23,744 after the Health Ministry reported 301 more coronavirus deaths on Monday (Sept 20).
Based on the ministry’s Github data repository, eight out of the 301 deaths occurred on Monday, while the rest are backlogged cases that were not confirmed previously.
Of the reported deaths on Monday, 92 were fatalities classified as “brought-in-dead” (BID) cases.
This brings the total of BID cases in the country up to 4,564.
Based on the latest graphs on the ministry’s CovidNow website, the country’s death cases continue to show a declining trend.
The average number of deaths in the last seven days - based on the actual date of death - is 108.
This is a decline from early August, when the average was around 300 deaths a day.
Out of the 301 reported deaths on Monday, 143 of them were Klang Valley cases.
The rest were in Johor (52 deaths), Kelantan (23), Penang (22), Sabah (19), Perak (15), Sarawak (eight), Kedah (six), Terengganu (four), Pahang (four), Melaka (three), Perlis (one) and Negri Sembilan (one).
Putrajaya and Labuan had no new reported deaths.
On Monday, Malaysia reported 14,302 new Covid-19 cases and 16,814 recoveries.
Active Covid-19 cases in the country continue to go down, with the latest number at 207,698 - a further reduction of 2,770 from the previous day.
Of the total active cases, 172,648 or 83.1% are patients with mild infections and are undergoing home quarantine.
Another 22,575 (10.9%) are those under isolation at low-risk quarantine centres (PKRC), while 11,321 (5.5%) are hospitalised.
There are 1,154 (0.6%) patients in intensive care units (ICU), including 633 (0.3%)who are on ventilators.
The national ICU utilisation rate is currently at 75.2%.
Kedah’s ICU rate is currently the country’s highest at 97.5%, followed by Johor (93%) and Penang (92.4%).
The Klang Valley’s ICU usage rate is at 75.2%.