Malaysia records 20,579 cases, 285 deaths

Selangor continues to lead the daily infection and death toll with 4,591 cases and 110 deaths

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by TMR FILE

MALAYSIA recorded 20,579 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, a slight decrease from Saturday’s 22,597 cases.

Selangor reported the highest number of cases with 4,591 followed by Sabah with 2,578 cases and Sarawak with 2,522 cases.

Five other states that recorded cases above 1,000 were Johor (1,852), Kedah (1,755), Penang (1,378), Kelantan (1,316), and Perak (1,208). The lowest case recorded was in Labuan with only two cases.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the daily cases reported yesterday, 455 cases were from Categories 3 to 5 while the remaining were from Categories 1 and 2.

“In total, 15,651 (76.1%) cases reported had no or incomplete vaccination,” he said in a statement.

The increase in the new cases brought the country’s overall total to above 1.7 million.

Currently, there were 267,997 active cases that receiving treatment at health facilities nationwide, of which, 1,009 were placed in the intensive care unit and 477 of them requiring respiratory aid.

Meanwhile, 20,845 patients were discharged, increasing the total recoveries in the country to more than 1.42 million, which equals to 83.35% of the total overall cases.

The overall Covid-19 death toll reached 16,087 after the country reported another 285 deaths involving 110 cases in Selangor, 50 cases in Johor, 46 cases in Sabah, 22 cases in Kuala Lumpur (KL) and 16 cases in Penang.

States that reported less than 10 deaths were Perak (8), seven each in Terengganu and Kelantan, Kedah (5), four cases each in Negri Sembilan and Pahang, and two cases each in Perlis, Melaka and Sarawak.

As of Aug 28, Malaysia’s Covid-19 infectivity rate is 1.01. The states that recorded the highest R-nought were Sarawak (1.25), Perlis (1.21) and Sabah (1.16).

All states recorded R-nought values above 1.0 except Pahang, Melaka, Selangor, KL, Putrajaya, Labuan and Negri Sembilan.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said active clusters now stood at 1,470 after 26 new clusters were detected, of which, 20 were workplace clusters, five community clusters and one education cluster.

Separately, National Security Council DG Datuk Rodzi Md Saad announced that the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will be implemented in Tawau and Ranau, Sabah, as well as Pontian, Johor, from tomorrow until Sept 13.

Meanwhile, the EMCO in Taman Megah Jaya of Tawau, Sabah, will be extended to Sept 13.

Rodzi also announced that the EMCO in various localities in Dungun and Besut, Terengganu, and Kota Belud in Sabah end today.