COVID-19: New cases drop to below 20,000 mark yesterday – Health DG

by BERNAMA / pic by TMR FILE

KUALA LUMPUR –  The number of new COVID-19 daily cases dropped below the 20,000 mark yesterday when 16,863 cases were recorded compared with 20,923 on Saturday, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Meanwhile, the number of recoveries continued to surpass new infections as 26,171 cases were recorded bringing the cumulative number of recovered cases in Malaysia to 3,870,937.

According to Dr Noor Hisham, of the new cases recorded yesterday, 850 were admitted to hospitals and 362 cases or 42.6 per cent  involved categories 3, 4, and 5, while 488 cases or 57.4 per cent were in categories 1 and 2.

Two states registered COVID-19 critical or intensive care unit (ICU) bed occupancy of over 50 per cent, with Kuala Lumpur the highest at 63 per cent and Selangor at 52 per cent and  187 cases required ventilator support

However he said, no state registered over 50 per cent bed usage at the Low Risk Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC).

Meanwhile,  a new cluster had been identified and 220 are still active.

The national COVID-19 infectivity rate or Rt value yesterday was 0.93 with Selangor still recording the highest value at 1.09 while Sabah the lowest value at 64.