Covid-19: 26,856 new cases

KUALA LUMPUR: Daily Covid-19 infections are showing a decline as new cases continue to drop for the second day with 26,856 reported yesterday.

Total cases are now 3,649,463 since the pandemic began two years ago.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 99.3 per cent of the new cases are in Categories 1 and 2 totaling 26,668 cases.

"The remaining 188 cases are in Categories 3 to 5," he said in a statement today.

63 of the Categories 3 to 5 cases are either unvaccinated or yet to complete their vaccination, 80 have completed their vaccination without booster shots, and 45 cases have received their booster shots.

A total 103 cases are aged 60 and above, 83 have comorbidities and three are pregnant women.

Meanwhile, 368 cases are placed in Intensive Care Units (ICU) with 153 confirmed for Covid-19 while the remaining 215 are under investigation.

There are 223 patients who are intubated, while 30,726 more patients recovered yesterday.

He said there are eight new Covid-19 clusters, pushing the active number of clusters to 445.

The infectivity rate (Rt) of Covid-19 in Malaysia stood at 1.05 as of yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said the highest infectivity rate was reported in Sarawak at 1.31 followed by Perak at 1.21 and Kuala Lumpur at 1.2.

Terengganu's Rt value was 1.17; Negri Sembilan at 1.1; Pahang at 1.09; Melaka at 1.08; Selangor at 1.07; Perlis, Penang and Kedah at 1.05; Putrajaya at 1.03; and Kelantan at 1.0.

States that recorded Rt values below 1.0 are Labuan and Johor at 0.96 and Sabah at 0.82.

Meanwhile, the use of beds at Intensive Care Units (ICU) in three federal territories (FT) and four states for Covid-19 patients was above 50 per cent as of yesterday.

The use of ICU beds in Kelantan was at 73 per cent, Putrajaya (67 per cent), Kuala Lumpur (62 per cent), Johor (61 per cent), Selangor (60 per cent), Perak (53 per cent), and Labuan at 57 per cent.

Dr Noor Hisham said use of non-ICU beds in nine states and two FTs for Covid-19 patients was above 50 per cent.

Selangor and Putrajaya were above capacity at 109 and 104 per cent respectively, Kuala Lumpur at 94 per cent, Perak at 92, and Perlis at 91 per cent.

Kelantan's non-ICU bed usage was at 85 per cent; Terengganu (82 per cent); Sarawak (72 per cent); Pahang and Johor (67 per cent); and Penang at 57 per cent.

"As for Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centres (PKRC), only Melaka reported usage above 50 per cent at 59 per cent.

"Patients needing ventilator support also increased to 223, which is an increase of 25 per cent," he said.

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