Highest records to date at 24,599 cases, 393 deaths

The new records surpass the previous record of 23,564 cases on Aug 20 and 360 fatalities on Aug 8

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by TMR FILE

MALAYSIA reported yet another record-breaking Covid-19 daily cases yesterday at 24,599, far surpassing the previous record of 22,948 cases last week.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said although the figure is the highest on record, most of the reported cases (23,939) were in clinical Categories 1 and 2 at the time of diagnosis, equivalent to 97.3% of the total new cases.

“A total of 660 cases (2.7%) were from Categories 3 to 5. This was based on the clinical condition of the current cases of newly diagnosed Covid-19,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The top three states were Selangor with 6,936 cases, Sabah (3,487) and Johor (2,785).

There were now more than 1.64 million confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country, of which 265,841 were active, with 909 patients admitted in the intensive care unit and 487 intubated.

Despite that, the country also recorded another record high Covid-19 recoveries at 22,657 yesterday, bringing the total recoveries to around 1.36 million.

Dr Noor Hisham said this is a positive sign and compared to July 25, the number of cases discharged from hospitals was 1,562 people and this number increased to 2,153 people on Aug 25.

Unfortunately, fatalities also reached another record high with 393, of which, 100 were brought-in-dead cases. The previous record, 360 deaths, was recorded on Aug 8.

Total deaths due to Covid-19 now stood at 15,211.

Dr Noor Hisham also announced that 35 new clusters yesterday, with 20 of it involved workplaces.

On vaccination, the health DG said as of Aug 25, 40.8% of the total population in Malaysia (56.9% of the total adult population) has received the vaccine.

“In total, 19,761 cases (80.3%) of the total cases reported today had not received or have yet to complete vaccination,” he said.

Earlier, Dr Noor Hisham said a total of 180,000 doses of CanSino single-dose Covid-19 vaccine has been sent to Sabah.

“It is hoped that the CanSino vaccine can help expedite and ramp up the vaccination rate especially in the rural areas and among the identified targeted group in Sabah,” he said in his post on Facebook and Twitter yesterday.

Earlier this week, Sabah health director Dr Rose Nani Mudin was reported as saying that Sabah received the first batch of 53,000 doses of the CanSino vaccine last Tuesday and the subsequent batches were expected to arrive later this month.

Meanwhile, the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will be enforced in Kampung Orang Asli Simpang Arang in Johor Baru from today while some localities in Tawau, Keningau and Kinabatangan, Sabah, as well as Tumpat, Kelantan, and Dungun, Terengganu, from Aug 28.

The EMCOs in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, and Mukah, Sarawak, have been extended to Sept 10.

For several localities in Sabah, Kedah, Pahang, Kelantan and Perak, the EMCO ends today.