KUALA LUMPUR: There were more new Covid-19 cases than recoveries on Saturday (Dec 4), says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
The Health Director-General said the Ministry's daily Covid-19 update recorded 4,896 new cases and 4,676 recoveries.
Cumulatively, the country has 2,654,474 new cases and 2,561,230 recoveries.
"There are 490 cases requiring treatment at an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 358 of them are Covid-19 cases while the remaining 132 cases are suspected or are still under investigation," he said in a statement on Saturday (Dec 4).
A total of 269 cases require ventilator support, he added.
"Of the new 4,896 daily cases, 79 cases (1.6%) were from Categories 3,4 and 5 while 4,817 cases (98.4%) were from Categories 1 and 2," he said.
Category 1 means a patient had no symptoms, while Category 2 was for those with mild symptoms.
Category 3 cases experience pneumonia while cases in Category 4 had pneumonia and required oxygen. Category 5 patients were at a critical stage and required ventilator support.
Of the 4,896 new cases, Dr Noor Hisham said 18 were imported cases while 4,878 were local infections.
"The number of active clusters is 227," he said.
The latest data by the Health Ministry also showed that the Covid-19 infectivity rate or R-nought (Rt) in Malaysia was 0.97, with Perlis showing the highest at 1.16.
This is followed by Selangor and Kuala Lumpur at 1.01 each while Johor, Penang and Kedah registering at 0.99 each. The state with the lowest Rt is Sarawak at 0.73.