Malaysia detects 43 new Delta variant cases

Covid-19 cases on a downward trend with 19,631 cases yesterday, for a total of more than 1.4m

by NURUL SUHAIDI / pic by BERNAMA

MALAYSIA has identified a total of 43 new Covid-19 cases involving the transmission of Delta variant, the Health Ministry said.

This brings the cumulative number of cases infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus categorised as Variants of Concern (VOC) and Variant of Interest (VOI) to 710 cases.

Of the total detected, 690 cases were VOC while 20 cases were VOI.

“In total, to date, there are 467 Delta variant cases, 209 Beta variant cases and 14 Alpha variant cases while for VOI, there are 13 Theta variant cases, four Kappa variant cases, and three Eta variant cases,” Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said in a statement.

Covid-19 cases in Malaysia recorded a downward trend with 19,631 cases registered yesterday.

This brought the cumulative Covid-19 cases to more than 1.44 million since the pandemic hit the country in March last year.

Although Selangor reported less than 6,000 cases for the second consecutive day, the state still contributed to the highest number of cases with 5,753 new cases.

There were six other states and one federal territory that recorded four-digit cases — Sabah (2,103), Kedah (1,863) Kuala Lumpur (KL) (1,765), Johor (1,309), Penang (1,275), Kelantan (1,268) and Perak (1,101).

Meanwhile, more cases were detected in Sarawak (835), Pahang (670), Melaka (623), Terengganu (498), Negri Sembilan (490), Putrajaya (41) and Perlis (37). Only Labuan had no new cases.

“Once again, Labuan recorded zero cases, hopefully, other states will follow Labuan’s footsteps with full compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs),” Dr Noor Hisham said.

According to him, out of all new cases detected, 98.4% fall under Categories 1 and 2 while the remaining cases were Categories 3 to 5.

Of these new cases, 16,638 (84.75%) have no history of vaccination. The number of active cases continues to increased to 252,147, with 1,054 patients seeking treatment in the intensive care unit where 525 intubated.

Up to 293 new deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 13,077. There were 44 brought-in-dead cases involving 28 locals and 16 foreigners.

Selangor reported the highest number of deaths with 90, followed by Kuala Lumpur (47) and Johor (42).

A total 16,468 patients recovered, bringing the number of total recoveries nationwide to around 1.18 million. The current recovery rate was 81.6%.

Malaysia’s infectivity rate (RT) now is 1.05. The states that recorded the highest RT value were Perlis (1.25), followed by Sarawak (1.23) and Kelantan (1.19). All states recorded RTs above 1.0 except Labuan, KL, Putrajaya and Negri Sembilan.