Covid-19 cases return to 20,000 levels, Selangor remains the highest


THE Ministry of Health today reported 20,837 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the cumulative cases nationwide to 1,593,602.

The number of daily cases crossed the 20,000 marks again from the last time it was on Saturday with 22,262 cases.

18,613 patients had recovered today but the country recorded 211 new deaths today, pushing the total death toll to 14,553.

“40 deaths were brought-in-dead involving 26 locals and 14 foreigners,” Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement today.

The highest number of deaths involved was in Johor (41), followed by Selangor (30).

Dr Noor Hisham said Selangor remained the record highest number with 4,645 cases, although it was less than 6,000 for two consecutive days.

Sabah recorded a spike in cases to 3,376 from 2,638 cases reported a day earlier.

A new high was also recorded in Penang with 2054 daily infections detected, followed by Kedah (1,772) Johor (1,743) Sarawak (1,543) Kelantan (1,422) Kuala Lumpur (1,284) and Perak (1242).

Four other states remained with three digit cases, namely Pahang (521), Malacca (396), Terengganu (3830) and Negeri Sembilan (351).

Meanwhile, Perlis recorded 74 new cases, Putrajaya (27) and Labuan (4).

“There are 262,713 active cases recorded since the pandemic hit the country. Out of all new cases detected today, 358 (1.7%) fall under severe Category 3 and above,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a briefing.

He said 1,063 patients were admitted to intensive care units, while 511 needed ventilation support.

He also noted that 20,815 cases involved local transmission while 3,375 were imported cases.

Separately, National Security Council DG Datuk Rodzi Md Saad announced that several localities in Sabah and Pahang will be placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) starting from August 26 until September 8.

Meanwhile, EMCO rules in Sabah localities of Penampang, Kota Belud, Pakar and Ranau, will be extended.

The EMCO will be lifted as scheduled on August 25 in other parts of Pahang and Kelantan.