Covid-19: Drop in new cases and deaths last week, says Health DG

KUALA LUMPUR: The number of new Covid-19 cases in the 39th epidemiological week from Sept 25 to Oct 1 dropped 5.2% to 12,291 from 12,963 cases the week of Sept 18-24, says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic).

He said 12,260 cases were local infections while 31 or 6.9% were imported cases, a slight increase from 29 the previous week.

"Deaths due to Covid-19 in the week decreased by 35% to 26 cases from 40 cases the week before, while the average daily active cases decreased by 2.5% to 24,713 cases," he said in a statement on Monday (Oct 3).

He added that the number of recoveries dropped by 8.4% to 12,534 cases, from 13,677 the previous week.

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Dr Noor Hisham said the number of patient arrivals at Covid-19 assessment centres (CAC) decreased by 9% week on week, while cases undergoing home monitoring dropped by 53.5%.

Daily active cases being monitored virtually dropped to 27,486 at the end of the week, from 30,819 at the end of the previous week.

He said the number of cases referred to hospitals by CACs went up by 8.2% from the previous week, but the number of Covid-19 admissions to public hospitals in the 39th week saw a decrease of 7.7% among Category One and Two patients.

Patients in Categories Three, Four and Five saw an overall decline of 13% from the previous week.

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According to Dr Noor Hisham, bed usage for Covid-19 patients dropped by 1% for non-critical cases, ICU bed usage went down by 3%, and there was no change in bed usage at low-risk treatment centres.

The number of patients requiring ventilators decreased by 0.4% week on week, he added.

The new cases reported in the week brought the cumulative number of Covid-19 infections in the country since Jan 25, 2020 to 4,842,505, with the number of recoveries at 4,781,138.

The cumulative number of deaths due to Covid-19 is 36,374, while the cumulative number of clusters is 7,081 with 13 still active, he added. – Bernama

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