Daily Covid-19 cases continue downward trend

PETALING JAYA: The downtrend in daily new Covid-19 cases continued with 7,373 cases reported yesterday.

Recoveries also surpassed new cases with 10,959 being recorded.

The cumulative number of cases since the pandemic began early last year is 2,339,594 and cumulative number of recoveries is 2,195,669.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 98.2% or 7,240 of the new cases were mild and asymptomatic infections in Categories 1 and 2.

“Another 1.8% or 133 cases are those in Categories 3, 4 and 5,” he said in his daily Covid-19 statement.

A total of 762 individuals were admitted in intensive care units, with 702 confirmed positive while 60 were suspected cases and under probe. Among these cases, 410 are on ventilator support.

As at press time, no data on the number of new cases according to states was available.

Dr Noor Hisham said more detailed data about virus infections will be uploaded to the ministry’s CovidNow portal at midnight daily.

He also noted that the national infectivity rate (R0) has dropped further to 0.86, although three states have an R0 above 1.0: Perlis (1.10), Putrajaya (1.03) and Negri Sembilan (1.02).

Most states now have an R0 of below 1.0: Kelantan and Terengganu (0.96), Melaka (0.95), Pahang (0.94), Kuala Lumpur (0.90), Kedah (0.87), Perak (0.86), Selangor, Sabah and Sarawak (0.85), Johor (0.84) and Penang (0.82). Labuan’s R0 is zero.

A total of eight new clusters were recorded bringing the total to 810 active clusters nationwide.

Among them, five were in the community (four in Kelantan and one Pahang) and one each involving a workplace in Kedah, and a high-risk group and religious group in Johor.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong called on Malaysians not to slack in following the standard operating procedure despite interstate travel being allowed.

“We need to work together and not be sloppy even once. Let’s always adhere to the SOP and be mindful of our safety,” he said on Facebook yesterday.

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