PETALING JAYA: New Covid-19 cases outnumbered recoveries again, for the fourth consecutive day on Saturday (Nov 20).
According to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in the ministry’s daily Covid-19 update, there were 5,859 new cases to 4,970 recoveries.
Malaysia’s cumulative Covid-19 case number was now 2,581,747. There were also a total of 2,482,284 recoveries to date.
"There are 529 cases requiring treatment in intensive care units (ICU). They comprise 420 Covid-19 cases while the remaining 109 cases are suspected, probable or still under investigation," Dr Noor Hisham said, adding that 261 cases require ventilator support.
Dr Noor Hisham said that of the new 5,859 daily cases, 102 cases (1.7%) were from categories 3, 4 and 5 while 5,757 cases (98.3%) were from categories 1 and 2.
Category 1 means a patient is asymptomatic. Category 2 is for those with mild symptoms. Category 3 cases experience pneumonia while cases in Category 4 have pneumonia and require oxygen. Category 5 patients are in a critical stage requiring ventilator support.
Of the new cases, 19 were imported cases while 5,840 were local infections.
The total number of active clusters is now 240. There was only one new cluster.
The latest data by the Health Ministry also showed that the Covid-19 infectivity rate or R-nought (Rt) in Malaysia was 1.01, with Labuan registering the highest at 1.13, followed by Putrajaya (1.12) and Kuala Lumpur (1.09). The states with the lowest recorded Rt were Sabah (0.98), Perlis (0.90) and Sarawak (0.85).