Covid-19: Recoveries outpace daily new cases for eighth day in a row

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 recoveries have outnumbered new cases for eight days straight, says the Health Ministry.

In its daily Covid-19 statement, it said that 16,751 patients were discharged from treatment on Friday (Sept 24).

In the same 24-hour period up to noon on Friday, there were 14,554 new cases.

The country’s daily figures have also remained below the 16,000 mark for the seventh day running.

Cumulatively, the country has recorded 2,171,232 Covid-19 cases and 1,950,467 recoveries.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said in the statement that of the 14,554 new cases, about 98.9% are mild and asymptomatic infections.

Some 163 cases (1.1%) are Category Three, Four and Five infections.

There are 1,049 patients in intensive care units nationwide, with 599 on ventilator support.

Of the country’s 14,554 new cases, nine were imported.

Local cases consisted of 13,262 Malaysians and 1,283 foreign nationals.

Sarawak recorded the highest daily figure with 2,825 infections, followed by Selangor (2,244) and Johor (1,807).

Kuala Lumpur continued to record low daily figures with the Federal Territory reporting 271 new cases.

Malaysia’s infectivity rate or Rt level was at 0.90 as of Thursday (Sept 23).

Pahang (1.05), Perak (1.05) and Perlis (1.01) are the only states in the country with an Rt level of more than 1.

An Rt level of less than 1 means the infection spread is shrinking.

The Health Ministry also identified 20 new infection clusters nationwide, bringing the current active total to 1,250.

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