Total deaths due to Covid-19 inching towards 17,000

by NURUL SUHAIDI / graphic by AFP

MALAYSIA’S new daily Covid-19 cases fell to 18,762 cases yesterday, pushing the total cumulative cases to 1,765,016.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said three states contributed to the highest number of cases, namely Selangor with 3,711, Sabah (2,430) and Sarawak (2,414).

Dr Noor Hisham said out of the total cases yesterday, only five are imported while the rest (18,757) are local transmission.

Out of the new cases, 18,432 or 98.2% involved asymptomatic or mild symptom patients (Categories 1 and 2).

Up to 71% of the new cases were detected among patients who are not or partially vaccinated. Meanwhile, 28.9% or 5,416 new cases were detected among those who are fully inoculated.

There are now 265,274 active cases nationwide, with 1,007 patients treated in the intensive care units and 464 intubated.

A total of 278 new deaths were reported nationwide, bringing the death toll to 16,942. Out of the new deaths, almost 25% or 65 were brought-in-dead cases.

Meanwhile, 21,073 patients have recovered, increasing the number of total recoveries to 1,482,800.

On the vaccination development, 63.6% of the adult population in the country have completed both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination as of yesterday, according to the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV). This equates to a total of 14.89 million individuals have been fully vaccinated in the country.

According to JKJAV, 60.1% of the country’s population have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, while 45.6% having completed both doses.

On the security front, National Security Council DG Datuk Rodzi Md Saad said several localities in Sabah will be placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) from Sept 3 until Sept 16.

This involves Perumahan Pekerja Ladang Mayvin 2, Telupid Sabah, Kampung Tagaroh, Kota Marudu, Kampung Dumpiring Bawah Ranau Sabah and Kilang Papan Cargo Timber.

Meanwhile, EMCO in Kluang, Johor, and in several other localities in Sabah will be lifted today.