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324,745 doses Covid-19 vaccine administered on July 10; fully inoculating 10.5% population

KUALA LUMPUR (July 11): A total of 324,745 doses of Covid-19 vaccines were administered across the country yesterday (Saturday, July 10), the sixth consecutive day with over 300,000 jabs dispensed.

A total of 213,971 individuals received their first dose yesterday, while 110,774 were given their second shots and are fully vaccinated, said the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV), citing data from the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force.

This brings the total number of vaccinations administered in Malaysia to 11.08 million, comprising 7.65 million  first doses and 3.43 million second doses.

In terms of the country’s population, 23.4% have been given the first dose, while 10.5% have received both doses and are fully inoculated as of yesterday.

Among states and federal territories, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak recorded the highest cumulative first dose yesterday. Selangor’s total stood at 1.446 million first doses, Kuala Lumpur’s at 1.369 million and Sarawak’s at 1.363 million.

For second doses, Sarawak led with the highest cumulative number of shots administered at 520,592, followed by Selangor (485,272) and Kuala Lumpur (339,043).

Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 infections rose to a new record of 9,353 yesterday, while another 87 fatalities were reported, taking the death toll past the 6,000 mark. 

Selangor and Kuala Lumpur accounted for 62% of cases, amid a testing ramp-up in areas placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, in an interview over Bernama TV last night, said he expects the country’s daily Covid-19 cases to stabilise and show a decline in the next one to two weeks’ time.

He said the vaccination drive nationwide and public health controls such as the current movement control could flatten the curve of the pandemic again.

According to him, the spike in new cases over the last few days was due to more targeted screenings being implemented, especially in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

Dr Noor Hisham  said from experience and lessons learned from the second wave of Covid-19 previously, the country would need to be more cautious and not rush to open several sectors that could trigger a surge in new cases.

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