Malaysia’s death toll due to Covid now above 22,000

THERE are 22,009 deaths due to Covid-19 Wednesday, as additional 422 deaths were reported during the 24 hour period.

Out of the new reported fatalities, 92 involved brought-in-dead (BID) cases.

A total of 19,495 new Covid cases were reported, bringing the total positive cases in the country to 2,030,935.

According to the Ministry of Health’s website, from the two million positive cases, only 4,673 were imported.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, said Sarawak back to report the highest number of cases, with 4,709 new infections, followed by Selangor (2,710) and Sabah (2,015).

Five states recorded over 1,000 cases, namely Johor with 1,860 infections, Penang (1,757), Kelantan (1,434), Kedah (1,178) and Perak (1,174).

Terengganu reported 993 cases, Pahang (766), Kuala Lumpur (363), Negeri Sembilan (222), Melaka (190), Perlis (108) and Putrajaya (16). Labuan had no new cases.

The intensive care unit (ICU) bed usage nationwide was at 81 per cent out of 1,520 beds and 74 percent out of 17,133 beds for non-ICU.

Up to 25 new clusters were identified, with 14 of them linked to workplaces, community clusters (seven), high-risk groups (two) and one each related to education and religion.

Dr Noor Hisham said the number of active clusters stood at 1,424, while 3,783 clusters had ended so far.

Malaysia’s infectivity rate (Rt) stood at 0.96, with Sarawak being the state having the highest Rt rate of 1.11, followed by Perlis (1.04), Johor and Pahang (1.01), and Penang and Kelantan (1.0).

The other states recorded RT of below 1.0, namely Perak (0.99), Sabah (0.92), Melaka (0.92), Kedah (0.91), Putrajaya (0.88), Negeri Sembilan (0.86), Perlis (0.86), Selangor (0.83) , Kuala Lumpur (0.79) and Labuan (zero). –TMR