High infectivity rate in most Malaysian states, territories

KUALA LUMPUR: 14 out of 16 states and territories nationwide have recorded a high infectivity rate or R-naught (Rt) of over 1.0 as of yesterday.

Perlis registered the highest Rt at 1.47, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement today.

In Terengganu, the Rt stood at 1.42, 1.27 in Kelantan, 1.21 in Sabah, Kedah and Perak, 1.20 in Putrajaya, 1.18 in Penang, 1.17 in Johor, 1.15 in Pahang, 1.10 in Kuala Lumpur, 1.08 in Selangor and 1.05 in Sarawak and Melaka.

The Rt in Negri Sembilan and Labuan are the lowest at 0.90 and 0.70 respectively.

Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia's Rt was at 1.10.

Rt refers to the infectivity rate of a virus and the ability for a patient who tested positive to transmit it to other people.

The lower the Rt value, the lower the probability of an infected person spreading the virus to others.

For example, if the Rt value is 1.5, it means a positive case could infect one or two other people.

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