Weekly Covid-19 cases jump 119%

KUALA LUMPUR: The number of new Covid-19 cases in the country in the 19th epidemiological week (ME19) this year (May 8-14) increased by 119.2% to 19,137 cases, compared to 8,732 cases in ME18.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the development took the Covid-19 case tally in Malaysia to 4,475,873, with 29,762 active cases currently.

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He said in line with the increase in daily cases in ME19, the average infectivity rate also showed an increase of 70.2%, reaching 0.97 compared to 0.57 in ME18.

The number of recoveries in ME19 decreased by 59.2% or 30,930 cases to 12,618 cases, compared to in ME18, with cumulative recoveries now standing at 4,410,499.

“Fatalities in ME19 showed a slight increase of 3.1%, from 32 cases in ME18 to 33 cases, thus bringing the death toll to 35,612,” he said in a statement yesterday, reported Bernama.

The number of Covid-19 patient admissions to health facilities, public hospitals and Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs) per 100,000 population also increased by 38% in ME19 compared to ME18.

“The admission of Covid-19 patients to public hospitals for every 100,000 residents has also increased by 100%, involving all categories of patients.

“Overall, the percentage of PKRC bed usage increased by 100%, non-critical bed usage was up by 18%, while intensive care unit (ICU) bed occupancy decreased by 10%,” he added.

Meanwhile, 1,058,626 children aged between five and 11 years, or 29.8% of their population in Malaysia, have completed their vaccination under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for Children as of last Sunday.

According to the CovidNow website, a total of 1,644,027 children in the same age group, or 46.3%, have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

For adolescents aged between 12 and 17, a total of 2,904,772 of them, or 93.4% of their population in the country, have completed their vaccination, while 3,002,404 of them or 96.5% of the population have received at least one dose.

As for the adult population, a total of 16,064,239 individuals or 68.3% of their population have received the booster dose, while 22,971,113 individuals or 97.6% have completed two doses, and 23,246,597 individuals (or 98.8%) have received at least one dose.

As of last Sunday, a total of 23,148 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were dispensed, with 9,511 as first dose, 12,441 as second dose, and 1,196 as booster dose, bringing the cumulative number of vaccine doses administered under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme to 70,678,279.

According to the Health Ministry’s GitHub portal, three deaths due to Covid-19 were recorded on Sunday, with Johor registering two cases and Selangor one case.

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