Covid-19: 12 deaths, 9,705 new cases

KUALA LUMPUR: Another 12 Covid-19 fatalities were recorded yesterday, taking the country's death toll to 35,408.

Six of them were brought-in-dead (BID) cases.

According to data from CovidNow and Github, Johor recorded three deaths.

Kedah, Melaka and Negri Sembilan reported two deaths each, while there was one death each in Penang, Sabah and Selangor.

BID cases were reported in Negri Sembilan with two cases, and one each in Johor, Kedah, Penang and Sabah.

In the past two weeks, seven Covid-19 deaths were reported per one million people in Malaysia with Perlis the highest among the states and federal territories with 23 deaths per one million people.

Meanwhile, Malaysia recorded 9,705 new Covid-19 infections yesterday, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 4,382,402.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the new cases, 4,653 were in Category 1; 5,003 cases in Category 2; 16 cases in Category 3; 15 cases in Category 4 and 18 cases in Category 5.

He said of the new cases, 30 were imported involving 25 Malaysians and five foreigners.

"Of the 9,675 local cases, 9,294 were Malaysians and 381 foreigners," he said in a statement.

Dr Noor Hisham said of the 49 new Covid-19 cases in Categories 3, 4, and 5 reported on April 16, 17 cases were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, 15 cases received two Covid-19 vaccine doses but have yet to receive their booster doses and 17 cases had already received their booster shots.

"There were 29 cases of individuals aged 60 and above; 27 cases with comorbidities and one case involving a pregnant mother.

"Of the 331 cases admitted to hospitals yesterday, 185 were patients in Categories 1 and 2 and the remaining 146 were in severe Categories of 3, 4 and 5," he said.

He added a total of 134 patients were admitted to intensive care units (ICU) and 81 required ventilator support.

On recoveries, Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia reported 14,346 new recoveries yesterday, bringing the cumulative number to 4,238,471 or 96.7 per cent of the overall cases.

Malaysia, he said registered 10 new clusters, which brings the number of active clusters to 116.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said bed usage at ICUs for Covid-19 patients in the states and federal territories (FT) was below 50 per cent, with the nationwide rate at 16 per cent.

As for non-ICU beds, he said only Putrajaya reported over 50 per cent occupancy with 53 per cent, while the nationwide rate stood at 20 per cent.

"Only Perak reported an occupancy rate of more than 50 per cent at its Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centres (PKRC), with 56 per cent, while the nationwide total utilisation rate stood at five per cent."

The national infectivity rate (Rt) stood at 0.85.

Selangor reported an Rt value of 0.90; 0.88 in Negri Sembilan; 0.83 in Perak and Terengganu; 0.82 in Melaka; 0.80 in Kuala Lumpur; 0.79 in Putrajaya; 0.78 in Johor; 0.76 in Penang; 0.72 in Sabah; 0.69 in Kedah; 0.67 in Sarawak; 0.66 in Pahang and Kelantan; while Perlis and Labuan do not have an Rt value as they only recorded six and five cases each.

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