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.
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.