Covid-19 death toll now 25,437 with 278 newly reported fatalities


PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll has reached 25,437 after the Health Ministry reported 278 more coronavirus deaths on Sunday (Sept 28).

Based on the ministry’s Github data repository, three out of the 278 deaths actually occurred on Sunday while the rest are backlogged cases that could not be confirmed previously.

Of the reported deaths on Sunday, 99 were fatalities classified as “brought-in-dead” (BID) cases.

This brings the total of BID cases in the country up to 5,022.

Based on the latest graphs on the 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 - is 90.

This is a decline from early August, when the average was around 300 death cases a day.

Out of the 278 reported deaths on Sunday, 125 of them were Klang Valley cases.

The rest were in Johor (32 deaths), Penang (31), Kedah (27), Sabah (22), Sarawak (11), Kelantan (11), Terengganu (five), Perak (five), Melaka (four), Pahang (four) and Negri Sembilan (one).

Putrajaya, Perlis and Labuan had no new reported deaths.

On Sunday, Malaysia reported 13,096 new Covid-19 cases and 20,971 recoveries.

The number of active Covid-19 cases went down to 183,289 - a reduction of over 8,000 cases from the previous day.

Of the total active cases, 152,299 or 83.1% are patients with mild infections and are undergoing home quarantine.

Another 20,147 (11%) are those under isolation at low-risk quarantine centres (PKRC) and 9,793 (5.3%) are hospitalized.

There are 1,050 (0.6%) patients in intensive care units (ICU), including 582 (0.3%)who are on ventilators.

The national ICU utilisation rate is currently at 72.2% and Penang has the highest ICU usage rate among all states at 96%, while the Klang Valley’s ICU rate is at 73.4%.

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