New Covid-19 cases drop to 14,516 today

KUALA LUMPUR: New Covid-19 cases reported in the country dropped to 14,516 today, following a record high of 17,045 cases yesterday.

Health director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in his post on Facebook said the new confirmed infections brought the cumulative number of cases to 1,027,954.

Dr Noor Hisham said Selangor still recorded the highest number of new cases with 6,508, while three other states were also in four figures, namely Johor (1,449), Kuala Lumpur (1,425) and Kedah (1,160).

Sabah recorded 720 cases, Perak (590), Negeri Sembilan (452), Penang (402), Pahang (386), Melaka (373), Sarawak (356), Kelantan (346), Terengganu (245), Putrajaya (94), Labuan (eight) and Perlis (two).

Elaborating, Dr Noor Hisham said 207 deaths were reported today, 57 in Selangor, followed by Kuala Lumpur (52), Johor (24), Kedah (19) and Melaka (18), Negeri Sembilan (14), Pahang (7), Sabah (6), Perak (5), Penang (3) and Terengganu (2).

Dr Noor Hisham said out of the 14,516 new cases reported today, 95 cases or 0.7 per cent (97.9 per cent of cases were not vaccinated) are Category Five, which are critical cases requiring respiratory support.

 “A total of 77 cases or 0.5 per cent (85.7 per cent cases not vaccinated) are Category Four (pneumonia and requiring oxygen support), while 83 cases or 0.6 per cent (67.5 per cent cases not vaccinated) are Category Three (pneumonia).

“A total of 7,045 cases or 48.5 per cent (87.6 per cent cases not vaccinated) are Category Two (mild symptoms) and 7,216 cases or 49.7 per cent (95.6 per cent cases not vaccinated) are Category One (no symptoms), he said.

Dr Noor Hisham added that all statistics and percentages were reported based on the current clinical condition of patients diagnosed with Covid-19.

“Some of them remain in the same category throughout their infections, but there are those whose health status changes, either for the better to a lower category, or deteriorate to a higher category.

“The majority of new Covid-19 cases, 92 per cent, had not received their vaccine. Therefore, please get vaccinated to protect yourself and your family from Covid-19 infections,” he said.

Based on data till Sunday, he said the infectivity rate (RT) for Malaysia was 1.15, while states that registered the highest RT value were Terengganu at 1.36, followed by Kedah (1.26) and Sabah (1.24).

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said 33 new clusters were detected, 21 of them workplace clusters, 10 community clusters and two involving educational institutions.– Bernama