Record new cases close to 20,000 with highest death toll at 257

This pushes the cumulative cases to 1,183,110 nationwide and active cases to 210,522

by NURUL SUHAIDI / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE country yesterday hit a new all-time high with 19,819 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic hit.

Almost half of the cases were contributed by the Klang Valley with Selangor still recording the highest number of infections at 8,377 and Kuala Lumpur at 2,467.

These were followed by Kedah (1,371), Kelantan (1,003) Penang (867), Perak (662), Pahang (558), Melaka (508), Terengganu (481), Putrajaya (46), Perlis (11) and Labuan (five).

In a statement, Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this pushed the cumulative cases to 1,183,110 nationwide and active cases to 210,522.

He also mentioned that 375 cases were under categories 3,4 and 5, while 1,069 cases were sent to the intensive care unit where 553 patients needed ventilation assistance.

The death toll has also hit a new record with 257 fatalities, bringing the total to 9,855 since the pandemic onset.

On the vaccine development, as of Tuesday, a total of 22,152,367 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, through an infographic shared on his Twitter, said 14,711,532 first doses were administered while 7,440,835 people received their second doses.

“This equates to 45% of the country’s population having received the first dose and 22.8% have completed the vaccination,” he said.

On walk-in vaccination in selected vaccination centres (PPVs), pictures of an almost empty Tropicana Gardens PPV went around social media yesterday. A volunteer at the centre said on the second day there, the PPV was without any walk-ins.

“We expected 2,000 people to come but we did not even reach 200 people. Those who want to walk-in and receive their vaccines, please come and help us achieve herd immunity,” the post said.

Separately, Senior Foreign Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein also said in a statement that the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will be enforced at several more localities in Johor, Kelantan, Sabah, Perak and Gugusan Semarak, PJU 5, Kota Damansara, Selangor, starting tomorrow to Aug 19 while EMCO in several localities in Sabah, Pahang and Perak has been lifted today.

Meanwhile, 41 premises consisting of factories, business premises, construction sites and worker placement dormitories were ordered to close immediately due to violation of the standard operating procedures.

Thirty-five new clusters were identified yesterday, bringing the total active clusters to 1,161 nationwide.