Covid-19 breaches the 7,000 mark

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Covid-19 daily infections breached the 7,000 mark today, with 7,234 new infections being recorded.

Of the figure, 234 were import cases while the bulk was from local transmissions.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new cases brought the cumulative number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic struck the country to 2,895,014.

"96.5 per cent or 6,754 cases that were locally transmitted involve Malaysians, while 246 or 3.5 per cent are foreigners.

"The 234 import cases are attributed to 92 Malaysians and 142 foreign citizens," he said.

He said only 73 cases of the 7,234 new cases were patients in Category 3, 4 and 5 that required hospitalisation and intensive care treatment.

"The remaining 7,161 cases or 99 per cent are Category 1 and 2 that do not need to be hospitalised or those with slight to no symptoms," Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement today.

He said at present, 118 positive cases were being treated at intensive care units (ICU) across hospitals in the country, including 57 patients who were on ventilator support.

Dr Noor Hisham added that the Health Ministry also detected 21 new clusters today, bringing the total number of active clusters in the country to 346.

"The country also recorded 5,254 recoveries, as of noon today."

Since the pandemic struck the country, Dr Noor Hisham said a total of 2,799,608 people or 96.7 percent of those infected by the virus have recovered.

"On the infectivity rate reported yesterday, the Rt value showed a decline to 1.11 from 1.14, the day before," he said.

He said today again Perlis continued to record the highest Rt value among all the states in the

at 1.25, followed by Johor 1.20.

The other states with Rt above 1.10 are Penang 1.17, Sabah and Kedah 1.16, Putrajaya 1.15, Melaka 1.14 and Selangor 1.13. Only Labuan had 0 infectivity rate.

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