KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 25): Daily Covid-19 cases in Malaysia stayed above the 20,000 mark for the second day running, rising to 22,642 from 20,837 yesterday.
This raised the country’s total cases to 1.62 million, said Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement.
Active cases rose to 264,292 from 262,713 yesterday, as new recoveries came in slightly lower than infections at 20,798. This brought total recoveries to 1.34 million.
Dr Noor Hisham said 171,327 Covid-19 tests were conducted in the 24 hours until noon, indicating a positivity rate of 13.22%.
He also reported 265 more Covid-19-linked fatalities, including 69 brought-in-dead (BID) cases, during the 24-hour period.
Of this, 105 deaths were reported in Selangor, 39 in Johor, 23 in Sabah, 19 in Kedah, 18 each in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, 12 in Negeri Sembilan, nine in Perak, six in Sarawak, five each in Kelantan and Pahang, four in Melaka and two in Terengganu.
This raised total fatalities due to the virus to 14,818, compared with just 9,184 as of Aug 1.
Dr Noor Hisham said 1,003 Covid-19 patients are being treated in intensive care units, including 490 on ventilators.
Selangor still tops list with most new infections
Selangor continued to record the highest number of infections at 6,325, followed by Sabah (3,224), Kedah (2,279) and Johor (1,832), said Dr Noor Hisham.
They were followed by Sarawak (1,667), Penang (1,427), Kelantan (1,424), Perak (1,390), Kuala Lumpur (1,128), Terengganu (744), Pahang (522), Melaka (342), Negeri Sembilan (269), Perlis (44), Putrajaya (21) and Labuan (four).
Over 80% of new cases unvaccinated or single-jabbed
Among new infections, 18,143 or 80.1% were patients who either were not vaccinated or had received only one dose, said Dr Noor Hisham.
Nonetheless, the asymptomatic or those with mild symptoms continued to make up the bulk of new cases, with 22,164 or 97.9% being in Categories 1 (no symptoms) or 2 (mild symptoms).
Those with more severe symptoms totalled 478 or 2.1%, spread across Categories 3 (patients with pneumonia), 4 (with pneumonia requiring oxygen therapy) and 5 (critical cases needing assisted ventilation).
The health ministry also detected 42 new clusters today, with 1,298 total infections.
The clusters comprise 23 in the workplace, 13 in the community, five among high risk groups, and one detention centre cluster.
The country has reported 4,548 Covid-19 clusters so far, including 3,090 that have been declared ended — leaving 1,458 active clusters.
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