PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll has reached 24,078 after the Health Ministry reported 334 more coronavirus deaths on Tuesday (Sept 21).
Based on the ministry’s Github data repository, four out of the 301 deaths occurred on Tuesday, while the rest are backlog cases that were not confirmed previously.
Of the reported deaths on Tuesday, 84 were fatalities classified as “brought-in-dead” (BID) cases.
This brings the total of BID cases in the country up to 4,648.
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 actual date of death - is 101.
This is a decline from early August, when the average was around 300 death cases a day.
Out of the 334 reported deaths on Tuesday, 205 of them were from the Klang Valley.
The rest were in Johor (37 deaths), Kelantan (20), Sabah (14), Perak (12), Sarawak (10), Kedah (eight), Penang (seven), Pahang (seven), Terengganu (six), Negri Sembilan (five) and Melaka (three).
Putrajaya, Perlis and Labuan had no new reported deaths.
On Tuesday, Malaysia reported 15,732 new Covid-19 cases and 16,650 recoveries.
Active Covid-19 cases in the country continue to go down, with the latest number at 206,473 - a further reduction of 1,225 from the previous day.
Of the total active cases, 172,868 or 83.7% are patients with mild infections who are undergoing home quarantine.
Another 21,890 (10.6%) are those under isolation at low-risk quarantine centres (PKRC), while 10,599 (5.1%) are hospitalised.
There are 1,116 (0.5%) patients in intensive care units (ICU), including 635 (0.3%)who are on ventilators.
The national ICU utilisation rate is currently at 75.1%.
The states with the highest ICU usage rate are Penang (96.6%) and Kedah (92.4%).
The Klang Valley’s ICU usage rate is at 78.1%.