Covid-19: New cases dropped by almost 5%, says Health DG

KUALA LUMPUR: The number of new Covid-19 cases recorded in Malaysia in Epidemiological Week 38 (ME 38/2022) from Sept 18-24 dropped 4.9% to 12,963 cases from 13,627 in ME 37/2022 from Sept 11-17.

"The number of daily active cases for ME 38/2022 was 25,325, a four percent drop from the previous week,” Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement on Monday (Sept 26).

He said local cases in ME 38/2022 dropped by 4.8% to 12,934 cases from 13,585 in ME 37/2022.

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Imported Covid-19 cases in ME 38/2022 also dropped by 31% to 29 cases from 42 in ME 37/2022, he added.

He said recoveries in ME 38/2022 dropped 5.8% to 13,677 cases from 14,513 in ME 37/2022.

"The number of deaths in ME 38/2022 increased by 29% (from 31 cases to 40),” Dr Noor Hisham said.

He said the admission rate of Covid-19 patients to public hospitals per 100,000 population for all categories was lower in ME 38/2022 compared to ME 37/2022.

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"The number of categories one and two patients dropped 7.1% while categories three, four and five fell 11.5% ,” he added.

Dr Noor Hisham, however, said cases monitored by Covid-19 Assessment Centres (CAC) throughout the country showed an increase in new cases undergoing home surveillance.

Based on a comparision of physical CAC data reported in ME 37/2022 and ME 38/2022, the number of patient visits to CAC dropped to 0.5%

"The number of new Covid-19 cases undergoing home surveillance increased 102% and the number of Covid-19 cases referred by CAC to hospitals was the same as in ME 37/2022,” he added.

Dr Noor Hisham said from Jan 25, 2020 to Sept 24 this year, cumulative new Covid-19 cases in the country totalled 4,830,214.

During the same period, cumulative cases for recoveries from Covid-19 totalled 4,768,604, cumulative fatal cases numbered 36,348, and the cumulative number of clusters was 7,079, with 14 clusters being still active. - Bernama

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