Slight increase in numbers but below 6,000 mark


PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Covid-19 case figures stayed below the 6,000 mark for the second consecutive day, as the country reported 5,745 new cases.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brings the country’s cumulative cases to 2,401,866.

On Monday, the country reported 5,434 new cases.

The last time Malaysia had less than 6,000 cases was in June.

Dr Noor Hisham said of yesterday’s 5,747 new cases, 98% (5,630 cases) were mild and asymptomatic infections.

“Another 115 cases or 2% are Categories 3, 4 and 5 infections,” said Dr Noor Hisham in his daily Covid-19 statement.

There are 12 imported cases, involving 11 Malaysians and one foreigner.

As for the 5,733 locally transmitted cases, 5,432 (94.7%) are Malaysians while 301 (5.3%) are foreign nationals.

In a tweet, Dr Noor Hisham said the positivity rate yesterday was at 3.77%.

This rate is based on the 5,745 people who tested positive, out of 152,478 who took the Covid-19 test.

Malaysia also discharged 8,933 more Covid-19 patients, bringing total recoveries to 2,287,888 or 95.3%.

There are now 682 patients in intensive care units (ICU) nationwide, of which 609 are confirmed Covid-19 infections while 73 are suspected cases.

A total of 331 patients are on ventilator support.

The country’s infectivity rate is at an RT level of 0.88%.

An RT of less than 1 means the infection is not spreading.

The ministry also identified eight new Covid-19 clusters.

Seven of the clusters are workplace outbreaks, while one involves an education institution.

Currently, there are 634 active clusters.

Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry detected 134 new cases involving variants of concern (VOC) from Oct 7 to 19.

He said they comprised 132 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2) and two Beta variant cases (B.1.351), bringing the total number of VOC cases in the country to 2,366.

Dr Noor Hisham said the three states that recorded the highest number of new Delta variant cases were Johor with 43, followed by Negri Sembilan (18) and Melaka (15).

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