Covid-19: Daily deaths hit 199, highest to date

Selangor continues to top the number of daily infections with 5,550 cases

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by TMR FILE

MALAYSIA recorded 199 deaths due to Covid-19 yesterday, the highest ever recorded since the virus was first detected in the country last year.

The overall Covid-19 death toll has now climbed to 7,440.

Daily cases were at 11,985 with almost half from Selangor alone. Of the new cases, 11,978 were local transmissions while the rest were imported cases, bringing the active cases to 137,587 and the country’s overall total to 951,884.

Selangor continued to top the number of daily infections with 5,550 cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur (1,174) and Kedah (800).

Negri Sembilan recorded 745 cases followed by Johor (644), Pahang (603), Sabah (474), Melaka (453), Kelantan (386), Penang (362), Perak (274), Sarawak (261), Terengganu (171), Putrajaya (51), Labuan (35) and Perlis (two).

As of yesterday, 927 patients were placed in the intensive care unit (ICU), with 459 of them requiring respiratory aid.

Meanwhile, 7,902 patients have been discharged, increasing the country’s total recovered cases to 806,857, which equals 84.77%.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said a total of 65 cases (0.5%) were from Category 5 (critical and in need of respiratory assistance), 45 cases of Category 4 (pneumonia and in need of oxygen assistance), 178 cases of Category 3 (pneumonia), 5,847 cases of Category 2 (mildly symptomatic) and 5,850 cases of Category 1 (asymptomatic).

“Looking at the situation where the number of daily cases remains high, it is true that the beds in hospitals, especially the ICU, are fully occupied.

“From the reports received by the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) and the Hospital Services CPRC, younger age groups such as those in their 40s and 50s are more likely to fill the ICUs than senior citizens aged 60 and above. This situation proves that the vaccine has helped reduce Covid-19 infection among the vulnerable and elderly,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham pleaded for Malaysians from the age group of 18 to 59 years old to register for vaccination and to show up according to the appointments set for them.

Separately on the security front, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will be enforced at various localities in Sabah and Pahang from July 23 until Aug 5, 2021.

The EMCO areas in Pahang will be Felda Jengka 12, Jerantut; Kampung Belangkap, Rompin; and Kampung Orang Asli Ruai, Raub while in Sabah, it will involve Taman Merpati in Sandakan.

The EMCO will be extended in Kampung Istimewa, Sandakan and One Borneo Condominium, Kota Kinabalu until Aug 5.

Meanwhile, the EMCO has officially ended today in all Seremban districts; Malaysia-China Industrial Park workers’ quarters in Gebeng, Kuantan, Pahang; Taman Kurnia Jaya and Taman Pinggiran Golf in Kota Baru, Kelantan; Kampung Sungai Imam, Tawau; Kampung Lembising and Kampung Dumpil Keramat in Putatan; Kampung Balibata, Beaufort; and Kampung Pintasan, Kota Belud, Sabah.