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Half of Malaysia's population received at least one Covid-19 jab; 497,352 daily vaccine doses administered on Aug 11

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 12): Malaysia's daily vaccination rate increased to 497,352 doses yesterday (Aug 11), from 357,981 reported for the previous day, according to the latest data from the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF).

As a result, the seven-day moving average of daily doses administered rose to 442,596 from 442,148.

A total of 3.57 million adults or 42.4% of the total population of the Klang Valley had received their two-dose vaccination as of yesterday.

A total of 6.32 million adults in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya had received at least their first dose, translating into 75.1% of the total population of the Klang Valley.

Meanwhile, in total, 25.86 million Covid-19 vaccine doses had been administered across the nation.

Out of the total, 16.35 million people or 50.1% of the country’s population had received at least one dose of the vaccine, including 9.51 million or 29.1% who were fully inoculated, according to the latest updates on Twitter by the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV).

Sabah again came on top as the state with the highest number of first doses administered at 30,026 yesterday, followed by Johor (29,166) and Kedah (27,324).

For second doses, Selangor led the country with 84,912 jabs, followed by Kuala Lumpur (44,613) and Johor (32,405).

Malaysia’s daily number of new Covid-19 cases rose to 20,780 yesterday from 19,991 the day before as the nation saw more infected individuals in places including Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Johor. 

The daily number of pandemic-linked deaths, however, rose to 211, which raised total fatalities linked to the coronavirus to 11,373 — more than double the 5,254 recorded just over a month ago on July 1.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in an update via Facebook that this brought the country's cumulative number of Covid-19 infections to 1.32 million so far.

He also noted that a total of 3,396 Covid-19 cases were reported among pregnant mothers in Malaysia between March 2020 and June 2021.

“An estimated nearly 1% of pregnant mothers in Malaysia are infected with Covid-19. The number of reported cases [has been] increasing starting October 2020, with an average of 200 cases of infections per month where the surge in cases can be seen in May this year (as many as 850 cases), and with June [charting 899 cases],” he said.

“Since pregnant mothers belong to high-risk groups for severe Covid-19 infection, prevention measures are crucial to prevent Covid-19. [The Health Ministry] calls [on] all pregnant mothers to get Covid-19 vaccines to reduce the risk of complications if infected with the coronavirus.

“Husbands must support couples to ensure they get Covid-19 vaccine injection. Vaccines need to be completed before entering the final phase of pregnancy, which is the third trimester. Pregnant mothers who have not received appointments for vaccinations can contact [the] nearest health clinic to speed up the appointment process,” he said.

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