Covid-19 Watch: 1,722 new cases, nationwide ICU bed usage at 63.5pc

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia recorded 1,722 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (Oct 5), bringing the total number of cases in the country to 4,848,314 infections since the pandemic began.

The Health Ministry's CovidNow portal reported that 1,714 of Wednesday's new Covid-19 cases were local transmissions while eight imported infections were logged.

Recoveries outpaced new infections, with 1,639 patients recovering on Wednesday. This brings the cumulative number of recoveries in Malaysia to 4,788,889 since the pandemic began.

The portal also reported that there were 23,038 active cases currently in the country, with 22,011, or 95.5%, observing home quarantine.

The CovidNow portal reported that 979 patients, or 4.2% of the total, were currently admitted to hospital for treatment. The number of Covid-19 patients warded at intensive care units (ICU) throughout the country stands at 48, with 26 of these patients requiring ventilation support.

The ICU utilisation rate nationwide stood at 63.5%, with eight states or localities recording ICU usage rates of more than 60%.

Kedah had the highest ICU utilisation rate at 83.3%, followed by Johor (80.4%), Selangor (78.2%), Kuala Lumpur (71.7%), Negeri Sembilan (67.3%), Putrajaya (65%), Perak (64.8%) and Kelantan (62%).

Meanwhile, the CovidNow portal reported that two Covid-19 deaths were reported on Wednesday, both being classified as Brought in Dead (BID).

This brings the death toll to 36,387.

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