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Malaysia's new Covid-19 cases decline for third straight day to 15,549 on Sept 18

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 18): Malaysia recorded 15,549 new Covid-19 cases today, marking the third straight day of a decline in the daily figure, according to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Of the new cases, 15,286 cases or 98.31% had no symptoms (Category 1) or only mild symptoms (Category 2), he said in a statement.

The remaining 263 cases or 1.69% were in Category 3 (patients with pneumonia), Category 4 (patients with pneumonia requiring oxygen therapy) and Category 5 (critical patients requiring assisted ventilation).

Dr Noor Hisham said Sarawak recorded the highest number of new infections with 2,929, followed by Johor (2,208),  Selangor (1,995) and Sabah (1,395). 

Other states which recorded four-digit new infections included Pulau Pinang with 1,375, Kelantan (1,214), Perak (1,120) and Kedah (1,073).

This was followed by Terengganu followed with 755 new cases, Pahang (634), Kuala Lumpur (382), Melaka (263), Negeri Sembilan (131), Perlis (33), Putrajaya (31) and Labuan (11). 

A total of 888 Covid-19 patients were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), 401 of whom require ventilators.

Meanwhile, daily recoveries stood at 17,205 today, down from the 22,970 recorded yesterday (Sept 17).

However, it is the 18th consecutive day they exceeded daily infections.

Cumulatively, Malaysia's Covid-19 case tally rose further to 2.08 million, versus 1.84 million total recoveries.

The Health Ministry reported 16 more clusters, comprising 10 workplace clusters, four community clusters and two high-risk group clusters. To date, a total of 5,263 clusters have been detected nationwide, of which 3,899 have ended while 1,364 are currently active. 

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