by AZREEN HANI / pic by TMR FILE
THE number of active Covid-19 cases currently being treated nationwide has breached the 100,000 mark for the first time since the pandemic broke in January last year.
According to Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture), there are now 101,359 active cases being treated in the country, following another record-breaking 11,618 new infections detected yesterday.
“The increase in daily cases is in line with the increase in the number of Covid-19 targeted screening that is being actively carried out throughout the country, especially in the Klang Valley,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement.
According to him, the highest number of daily tests in the past two weeks was recorded on Tuesday (July 13) with 131,706 tests (RT-PCR and RTK-Ag).
“Nevertheless, there is still the capacity to conduct more tests, especially in private laboratories. This capacity will be best utilised to conduct more Covid-19 tests strategically.”
Dr Noor Hisham had said in a press conference on Tuesday that the rise in new cases were partly due to the deadlier, more contagious Delta variant.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) also reported that in the past two weeks, 76 new variants have been identified where 48 were from Beta variant, 27 Delta variant and one Theta variant.
Based on July 13 data, Malaysia’s infectivity rate now is at 1.16 and Putrajaya remains recording the highest RT value of 1.35.
Selangor reported above 5,000 cases for two consecutive days with 5,051 yesterday, while Kuala Lumpur (KL) saw its new cases reach a new high with 1,749.
Negri Sembilan also saw its positive cases on the rise with 1,537, while Melaka posted 526 cases and Kedah (504).
A total of 118 deaths were reported as of noon yesterday, where 64 of them were from the Klang Valley alone. The number of total fatalities now increased to 6,503.
There were 13 brought-in-dead cases involving Selangor, KL, Johor, Sabah, Sarawak, Labuan, Pahang and Pulau Pinang.
After almost a week of having record-high figures, the number of patients in the intensive care units has declined to 878, with 432 of them intubated.
Up to 8,377 patients have recovered from the virus, pushing total recoveries to 759,705.
From 26 new clusters identified within the last 24 hours, 15 of them were from workplaces. Currently, there are 876 active clusters, while 2,266 clusters have expired.
Earlier, Bernama reported Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba saying the MoH would mobilise 417 healthcare workers from other states to manage the alarming Covid-19 situation in the Klang Valley and Negri Sembilan.
The bed capacity in all hospitals in Selangor has also been increased from 3,412 to 3,777 beds, and from 795 to 1,129 beds in KL and Putrajaya.
“We are cooperating with three teaching hospitals, namely University of Malaya Medical Centre,
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Children’s Specialist Hospital and Universiti Putra Malaysia Teaching Hospital to optimise the use of beds in the three hospitals.
“(This) brings the total number of beds for Covid-19 treatment in the Klang Valley to over 5,000 beds,” he said during a special press conference on the National Pandemic Management Strategic Plan in the Klang Valley.