Active Covid cases reach all-time high

Number of patients being treated in ICUs also rose to a record-breaking 964 yesterday with 452 requiring respiratory assistance

by AZREEN HANI / pic by BERNAMA

THE number of active Covid-19 cases in Malaysia has reached a record high of 91,272 as 8,574 new daily cases were detected yesterday after three days of reporting above 9,000 cases.

The number of patients currently being treated in the intensive care units (ICUs) also increased to a record-breaking 964. A total of 452 patients required respiratory assistance.

Yesterday also saw 102 deaths reported, pushing the number of total fatalities to 6,260.

From these new deaths, 62 were reported in the Klang Valley alone. The remaining number of deaths were identified in Negri Sembilan (14), Pahang (7), Johor (6), Kedah and Melaka (3), Sabah and Pulau Pinang (2) and one in Kelantan, Perak and Sarawak respectively.

Up to 5,041 patients have recovered, bringing the number of cumulative recoveries to 747,338.

Selangor continued to record the highest number of infections, with 4,308, followed by Negri Sembilan with 794 cases.

Kuala Lumpur saw its new cases reduced by more than half compared to Sunday, with 609 detected in the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Covid cases in Kedah and Melaka increased to 415 and 411 respectively. In total, Malaysia has 844,870 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

The infectivity rate (Rt) in the country now stands at 1.15, while Putrajaya has the highest Rt with 1.31.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement yesterday that out of the 16 new clusters, nine were from the community.

Separately, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the National Security Council (NSC) has decided for Sarawak to be transitioned into Phase of 2 of the National Recovery Plan effective July 14.

“The NSC also agreed to allow all telecommunication companies’ customer service outlets located within the shopping centres and malls to operate effective July 13,” Ismail Sabri said.

Some 514 people were found guilty for breaching the Movement Control Order’s standard operating procedures, with 11 of them remanded and 503 issued compound fines.