Slight drop in Covid-19 daily cases

PETALING JAYA: The number of new Covid-19 infections fell slightly but remained above the 5,000 mark, with 5,097 new cases logged.

The latest figure is a decrease from the 5,501 cases reported on Friday. With the new cases, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said cumulative infections in the country now totalled 2,619,577.

“There were 5,352 recoveries, bringing the recovery rate to 96.3%,” he said in his daily Covid-19 update yesterday.

He said eight new Covid-19 clusters were detected, with the number of active ones standing at 234.

Most or 98.4% of the new Covid-19 cases involved those who are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms – 5,013 of the total new cases belonged in Categories 1 (asymptomatic) and 2 (mild symptoms).

“Some 84 or 1.6% of the new infections are in Categories 3, 4 and 5,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

Category 3 cases experience pneumonia while cases in Category 4 patients have pneumonia and require oxygen. Category 5 patients are in a critical stage, requiring ventilator support.

He said there were currently 510 cases being treated in intensive care units, with 423 being confirmed as Covid-19 patients while 87 were suspected cases.

Some 258 patients required ventilator support, of which 171 were confirmed to have the coronavirus while 87 were suspected cases.

As for the infectivity rate or Rt value, Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia’s rate now stood at 0.97.

However, most states and territories, or 10 out of 16, recorded values over 1.0, with Labuan having the highest rate at 1.22. This is followed by Kuala Lumpur and Kedah, which each recorded a value of 1.04.

Putrajaya and Penang each logged an Rt value of 1.03, while the rate in Selangor and Perak stood at 1.02. The state with the lowest Rt value was Sarawak at 0.78.

The Rt value refers to the number of people that a person who has the coronavirus will infect.

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