Daily cases below 16k for a week eight straight days

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s Covid-19 daily case figures remained below the 16,000 mark for the seventh straight day with 14,554 new infections recorded yesterday.

There were 16,751 patients discharged within the same 24-hour span, which means recoveries have outnumbered new cases for the eighth consecutive day.

Cumulatively, the country’s total Covid-19 cases is now at 2,171,232 while total recoveries is at 1,950,467.

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

Some 163 cases (1.1%) were Categories 3 to 5 infections. There are 1,049 patients in intensive care units nationwide, with 599 on ventilators.

Of the country’s 14,554 new cases, nine were imported. The local cases consisted of 13,262 Malaysians and 1,283 foreign nationals, Khairy said in his daily Covid-19 update.

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, reporting 271 new cases.

Malaysia’s infectivity rate is at an Rt level of 0.90 as of Thursday. Pahang (Rt 1.05) and Perlis (Rt 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 has identified 20 new infection clusters nationwide. This brings the current total number of active cases to 1,250.

The average number of deaths in the last seven days, based on actual date of death, is 92. This is a decline from the average of 300 in August.

The ministry’s CovidNow website reported that the country’s Covid-19 death cases statistic is still on a decreasing trend.

Active Covid-19 cases are now below the 200,000 mark for the first time since Aug 2.

Of the total active cases in the country, about 83% are people with mild or asymptomatic infections and are undergoing home quarantine.

Another 11% are those under isolation at quarantine centres.

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