56 Covid-19 deaths recorded Saturday

KUALA LUMPUR: A total 663 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospitals yesterday, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

He said 57 per cent or 378 cases were Categories 1 and 2 while the remaining 285 were Categories 3, 4 and 5.

In a statement today, Dr Noor Hisham said, 32 per cent of the 12,145 beds allocated for Covid-19 cases were in use as of Saturday.

"As for intensive care units, 30 per cent of 880 ICU beds are used; and only six per cent of the Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centre beds are utilised."

Kuala Lumpur has the highest ICU bed utilisation rate at 67 per cent, where 20 out of 30 beds are used, followed by Selangor where 50 per cent of its ICU beds are occupied.

Putrajaya has the highest utilisation rate for normal beds at 81 per cent, Selangor with a 59 per cent utilisation rate is second.

Currently, 153 Covid-19 patients require ventilator support.

Dr Noor Hisham said 20,383 Covid-19 patients recovered yesterday, higher than the 14,692 new infections reported.

He said of the new cases, 218 were imported involving 209 Malaysians and nine foreigners.

"Only 0.54 per cent of the cases (79 cases) reported yesterday were in Categories 3, 4 and 5.

"Of the cases, 46 were individuals aged 60-years-old and above and 42 cases had comorbidities," he said.

He added that two new clusters – one education and one workplace cluster – were identified by the ministry yesterday.

He said the nation's infectivity rate or Rt stood at 0.85 on Saturday.

Data on CovidNow showed that 56 people died of Covid-19 yesterday, pushing the death toll to 35,069.

The total included 11 brought-in-dead cases in Selangor, Perak, Kedah, Melaka and Johor.

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