Covid-19 cases fall to 19,740

Only 98.5% are in Categories 1 and 2 and majority have not completed their vaccination, health DG says


COVID-19 cases have trickled downwards to 19,740 from Monday’s 20,546, with decline in both Selangor and Negri Sembilan lowered but both Borneo states — Sabah and Sarawak — reported increases from Monday.

According to Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the cumulative total of cases currently stands at 1.42 million.

“Out of the total cases, 0.4% of them are under Category 5, in which they are in critical condition and require the ventilator, followed by 0.3% in Category 4 of whom require oxygen, and 0.8% of them in Category 3 with lung inflammation.

“Meanwhile, 46.3% are faced with light symptoms and 52.2% without any,” he said on his social media page.

He added that 1.5% of the cases are in the Categories 3 to 5, while 98.5% are in Categories 1 and 2.

“Some 85.13% of them were found to have not completed their vaccination,” he said.

Currently, there are 249,277 active cases, and out of the total, 1,047 were in the intensive care unit while intubated patients were at 520.

Selangor still records the highest total, but it has significantly decreased from Monday’s 7,307 to 5,706.

Sabah tailed the numbers at 1,728 and Kedah at 1,592, with the former recording an increase and Kedah showing a marginal decrease.

Previous high-recording state Negri Sembilan also decreased to 343 from Monday’s 698.

Sarawak, however, reported 1,566 cases, the highest daily figure since the first case was detected in the state in March last year.

Putrajaya and Perlis continued to detect double digit cases at 43 and 20, respectively.

Only Labuan identified single digit infections with two.

According to Dr Noor Hisham, the value of infectivity rate (RT) in Malaysia is 1.05. The states that recorded the highest RT value were Perlis (1.29), followed by Kelantan (1.19) and Sabah (1.16).

All states recorded RTs above 1.0 except Labuan, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

There were 274 deaths reported within 24 hours due to the virus, pushing the number of total fatalities in Malaysia to 12,784.

Meanwhile, a total of 17,450 patients recovered from Covid-19, taking the total cumulative of recoveries to 1.16 million patients.