New Covid-19 cases drop to 10,710 nationwide today

KUALA LUMPUR: The number of daily Covid-19 cases dropped today, with 10,710 reported compared to 12,528 yesterday.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted that this took the total number of infections to 916,561.

He said Selangor remained the state with the highest number of cases at 4,828, followed by Kuala Lumpur (945); Johor (808); Negeri Sembilan (771); Kedah (696) and Sabah (666).

Perak, meanwhile, reported 407 cases, followed by Pahang (369), Penang (295), Melaka (289), Sarawak (261), Kelantan (146), Terengganu (123); Putrajaya (51); Labuan (50) and Perlis (five).

Meanwhile, breaking down the details of the 10,710 new cases reported today, Dr Noor Hisham said 95 (0.9 per cent) were category five cases (critical and require ventilator support) while 45 (0.4 per cent) were category four (pneumonia requiring oxygen support) cases.

There were 91 (0.9 per cent) category three (pneumonia) cases, 4,162 (38.9 per cent) category two (light symptoms) cases and 6,317 (59.0 per cent) category one (asymptomatic) cases.

He said although overall only 2.1 percent or 231 cases were reported to be in the category of three to five, longer periods of time are required for the cases to be given care in the ward and ICU.

Dr Noor Hisham said for category five cases, the average period of care in the ICU was 21 days, category four (14 days) while category three requires hospital care and observation especially for those at high risk.

“This has resulted in the bed capacity, which is already limited, becoming increasingly full and congested,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that 17 new clusters were reported today with 10 involving workplaces, five in the community and one each involving detention centres and high-risk groups.

Sabah and Johor each recorded four clusters, Selangor (three), Kedah (two) while Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Kelantan and Pahang reported one cluster each.

The work clusters are Industri Desa Aman, Industri Jalan Klinik, Persiaran Pekeliling Bangi in Selangor; Agathis and Sri Sandau (Sabah); Jalan Segambut Duta (Kuala Lumpur); Industri Jalan Usaha 12 (Melaka); Dah Padang Temusu (Kedah); Batu Enam Pandan (Johor) and Lorong MIEL Lundang (Kelantan).

The clusters in the community involve Jalan Bacang 30, Jalan Tasek Seri Alam and Jalan Denai Utama in Johor; Dah Kampung Kerchut (Kedah) and Pos Iskandar (Pahang) while the detention centre and high-risk groups clusters were identified as Tembok Tawau Dua and Batu Tiga Utara, both in Sabah.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia’s Covid-19 infectivity rate or R-naught (RT) yesterday was 1.18, with Terengganu being the state that recorded the highest RT value at 1.31.

Other states that also recorded RT above 1.0 were Putrajaya (1.26); Kedah (1.25); Negeri Sembilan and Kuala Lumpur 1.19 respectively; Penang (1.18); Selangor, Melaka and Perak (1.17); Sabah (1.15), Kelantan (1.13), Pahang (1.11) and Johor (1.10).  – Bernama