Covid-19: Malaysia reports slight dip in new cases to 20,579 on Aug 29, with 285 deaths


KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 29): A total of 20,579 new Covid-19 cases were reported today, down slightly from yesterday's 22,597, as the Klang Valley recorded its third straight decline in daily cases.

In a statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor continued to post the highest number of cases by state or federal territory with 4,591 cases, followed by Sabah (2,578), Sarawak (2,522), Johor (1,852) and Kedah (1,755). Other states or federal territories that reported more than 1,000 cases were Penang (1,378), Kelantan (1,316) and Perak (1,208).

Of the 16 states and federal territories, eight reported less than 1,000 new cases, namely Pahang (839), Terengganu (789), Kuala Lumpur (680), Melaka (636), Negeri Sembilan (329), Perlis (56), Putrajaya (48) and Labuan (two).

Also reported were 285 new deaths, which raised the death toll linked to the coronavirus to 16,087. Selangor reported the most fatalities with 110, followed by Johor (50), Sabah (46), Kuala Lumpur (22), Penang (16), Perak (8), Terengganu and Kelantan (seven each), Kedah (five), Negeri Sembilan and Pahang (four each), and Perlis, Melaka and Sarawak (two each).

Active cases dip for third time since June 25

The number of active cases — which only stood at 60,117 two months ago on June 25 but has been on an upward climb since — dipped to 267,997, down from 268,548 yesterday, amid higher daily recoveries of 20,845, which outpaced new infections. This is the third daily decline since June 25.

Meanwhile, the ministry reported that 15,651 cases or 76.1% of the new infections today were patients who either were not vaccinated or had had only one dose of vaccine.

And 97.8% of the new cases reported today had either no symptoms (Category 1) or little symptoms (Category 2), the balance 2.2% were spread across Categories 3 (patients with pneumonia), 4 (with pneumonia requiring oxygen therapy) and 5 (critical cases needing assisted ventilation).

The number of patients being treated in intensive care units rose to 1,009 from yesterday's 986. Of these, 477 require respiratory assistance.

26 new clusters detected, including 20 workplace clusters

Dr Noor Hisham said 26 new clusters were identified today, with 952 infections reported among them.

They comprised 20 workplace clusters — which contributed 770 cases or 80.9% of total infections under the new clusters — five community clusters (165 cases), and one education cluster (17 cases).

The country has reported 4,673 clusters so far, including 3,203 that have been declared ended. The number of active clusters stood at 1,470.

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