Covid-19: 98.5 per cent of new cases in categories one and two - Health DG

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 18): A total of 98.5 per cent or 6,282 cases out of the total 6,380 new COVID-19 cases reported today comprised those in categories one and two.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pictured) in a statement today said the remaining 1.5 per cent or 98 cases were in categories three, four and five.

He added that 541 cases were currently being treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nationwide, while 263 cases required respiratory assistance.

According to Dr Noor Hisham, another 5,760 recoveries were recorded today, bringing the cumulative number of those cured to 2,472,283.

Meanwhile, he said 88 new cases of COVID-19 protein spike mutation variants were reported, and all of them were of the Delta variant (B.1.617.2), which is a Variant of Concern (VOC), taking the cumulative number of VOC and Variant of Interest (VOI) to date to 3,918.

"Of the total detected, 3,898 cases are VOC while 20 cases are VOI," he said.

Detailed information on the latest COVID-19 infection and transmission status will be uploaded to the COVIDNOW website at, where the data is updated at midnight daily.

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