PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll has reached a tally of 24,931 with 250 more deaths reported on Friday (Sept 24).
Of the reported deaths on Friday, 49 were fatalities classified as “brought-in-dead” (BID) cases.
This brings the total of BID cases in the country up to 4,887.
Based on the latest graphs on the Health Ministry’s CovidNow website, the country’s death cases are still on a declining trend.
The average number of deaths in the last seven days - based on actual date of death - was 91.
This was a decline from early August, when the average was around 300 deaths a day.
Out of the 250 total reported deaths on Friday, 71 of them were in the Klang Valley.
The rest were in Sabah (43), Johor (41), Penang (20), Sarawak (16), Perak (14), Kelantan (14), Pahang (nine), Kedah (six), Terengganu (six), Negri Sembilan (four), Melaka (three) and Perlis (three).
Labuan and Putrajaya had no new reported deaths.
On Friday, Malaysia reported 14,545 new Covid-19 cases and 16,751 recoveries.
Recoveries outnumbered new cases for the eighth day in a row.
Active Covid-19 cases in the country continue to go down, with the latest number at 195,837 - a further reduction of 2,447 from the previous day.
Of the total active cases, 163,875 or 83.7% were patients with mild infections and were undergoing home quarantine.
Another 20,786 (10.6%) were those under isolation at low-risk quarantine centres (PKRC), while 10,121 (5.2%) were hospitalised.
There were 1,055 (0.54%) patients in intensive care units (ICU), including 595 (0.3%) who were on ventilators.
The national ICU utilisation rate was currently at 72.6%.
With 86 ICU beds utilised in Kedah, the state’s ICU utilisation rate was at 99.2%.
Penang also reported 76 ICU beds utilised, with the state’s ICU utilisation rate at 99.2% - making the ICU utilisation rates of Kedah and Penang the joint highest in the country.
The Klang Valley’s ICU rate was 75.2%.
States with ICU usage rate below 60% were Pahang (59.3%), Melaka (55.5%), Perlis (52.6%), Labuan (26.1%) and Negri Sembilan (25.5%).