Covid-19 back on the rise with 20,988 new cases

Selangor still tops the list with 4,073 cases, followed by Sarawak (2,992) and Kedah (2,455)

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

MALAYSIA’S new daily Covid-19 cases rose again yesterday to 20,988 cases nationwide, pushing the total cumulative cases to 1,786,004.

According to Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Selangor still topped the list with a total of 4,073 cases, followed by Sarawak (2,992) and Kedah (2,455).

Sabah recorded a total of 2,329 cases yesterday, followed by Johor (2,145), Penang (1,600), Kelantan (1,247), Perak (990), Terengganu (987), Kuala Lumpur (731), Pahang (599), Melaka (407), Negri Sembilan (301), Perlis (90), Putrajaya (37) dan Labuan (five).

Dr Noor Hisham said out of the total cases yesterday, only one was imported while the rest (20,987) were locally transmitted.

“Out of the new cases, 20,988 or 98.4% involved asymptomatic or mild symptom patients (Categories 1 and 2), while the remaining were from Categories 3, 4 and 5.

“Up to 47% of the total cases reported today (yesterday) had no history of vaccination, 23.8% had received at least one dose of vaccine, while 29.2% were detected among those who were fully inoculated,” he said in a statement yesterday.

There are now 262,540 active cases nationwide, with 1,417 patients treated in the intensive care units (ICUs) and 783 requiring respiratory assistance.

A total of 249 new deaths were reported nationwide yesterday, bringing the death toll to 17,191. Out of the new deaths, 80 were brought-in-dead cases while 23,473 patients recovered yesterday, increasing the number of total recoveries to 1,506,273.

There were also 31 new Covid-19 clusters detected nationwide yesterday, of which 17 were workplace clusters, nine community clusters, four high-risk group clusters and an educational cluster.

The country’s Covid-19 infectivity rate or R-nought (R0) currently stands at 0.99. Sarawak recorded the highest R0 level with 1.18, followed by Perlis (1.11) and Johor (1.09).

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham also said as of Sept 1, the usage of ICU beds in the country is at 90%, adding that Sabah, Kedah and Perak are operating at overcapacity.

Nearing full capacity were Selangor and Kelantan, both currently at 99% usage, with Penang and Johor at 95%.

Separately, two localities in Sabah and five in Pahang will be placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) for 14 days starting this Saturday until Sept 17.

National Security Council DG Datuk Rodzi Md Saad said the decision to implement the EMCO was made after examining the presentation by the Health Ministry (MoH) on risk assessment and infection trends in the seven localities.

“EMCO in Sabah involves two localities in Kota Kinabalu, namely Taman Keramat and Angkasa Apartment, while the EMCO in Pahang involves three Orang Asli villages in Temerloh, namely Kampung Kuala Terbol, Kampung Pian and Kampung Lubok Wong.

“The implementation of EMCO in Pahang also covers Penor Prison and Rumah Kongsi Pinggiran Goh in Kuantan, as well as Sempalit, Mukim Gali in Raub,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Rodzi added that the government also decided to extend the EMCO at two Orang Asli villages in Pos Blau, Gua Musang, Kelantan, namely Kampung Batang and Kampung Blau, until Sept 7.

The EMCO placed on Bentong Prison Complex, as well as the prison quarters, was also extended after examining MoH’s analysis on risk assessment and infection trends in the locality.

Meanwhile, EMCO in Kedah, Pahang, and in several other localities in Sabah has been lifted effective today.