Record high new Covid-19 cases at 22,242

The new all-time high brings the total cumulative number of infections close to 1.2m

by TMR / pic by BERNAMA

MALAYSIA recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases at 22,242, breaking the previous record of 21,668 cases reported on Aug 12.

This brought the total cumulative number of infections close to 1.2 million since the pandemic outbreak in March 2020.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor reported 6,858 new Covid-19 cases, up from 5,753 on Tuesday, while Sabah’s daily number of new cases rose to 2,413 from 2,103 previously.

He added that Penang also recorded a new high with 1,867 cases.

Out of all new cases, only four are imported cases while the rest are transmitted locally.

Meanwhile, cases in several states and one territory remain with four-digit with Kedah reporting 1,852 cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur (KL) (1,587), Johor (1,477), Sarawak (1,403), Kelantan (1,351) and Perak (1,036).

Pahang registered 675 new cases, Melaka (579), Negri Sembilan (577), Terengganu (487), Perlis (50), Putrajaya (25) and Labuan (5).

Up to 225 new deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 13,302. There were 35 brought-in-dead cases involving 27 locals and 8 foreigners.

The highest number of deaths are reported in Selangor and KL.

“Of the total new cases, 1,060 patients admitted to the intensive care units with 540 intubated,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

The number of active cases increased to 254,484 nationwide.

According to Dr Noor Hisham, since March 28, 2021, until Aug 17, 2021, the Health Ministry reported a total of 1,549 workplace clusters.

The states that reported the highest workplace clusters were Selangor (414 clusters, 26.7%), Johor (322 clusters, 20.8%), and KL (149 clusters, 9.6%).

The three highest reported workplace sub-clusters during this period were manufacturing (780 clusters), services (260 clusters) and construction (181 clusters).

Meanwhile, out of 800 community clusters detected throughout the same period, Kelantan topped the clusters with 239, followed by Sarawak (171) and Sabah (94).

A total of 49 new clusters were also identified in the last 24-hour bringing the active cluster to 1,386 nationwide.

So far, the government has reported 4,306 total cumulative clusters, with 2,920 have expired.

As of yesterday, the infectivity value (RT) in Malaysia is 1.04. The states that recorded the highest RT value were Perlis (1.29), followed by Sarawak (1.19) and Sabah (1.17).

All states recorded RTs above 1.0 except Labuan, KL, Putrajaya and Negri Sembilan.