Covid-19: More recoveries than new cases

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia reported 10,041 Covid-19 recoveries on Saturday, almost double the number of new cases which was 5,624.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 4,427,067 cases had been recorded in Malaysia since the pandemic started, with recoveries now at 4,310,599.

He said of the new cases, 17 were imported, while the remaining were local transmissions.

"Of the 5,624 new infections reported yesterday, only 0.43 per cent of the cases were in Categories 3, 4 and 5 while another 5,600 cases were in Categories 1 and 2.

"Of the Categories 3, 4 and 5 cases, 10 involved those who were either partially vaccinated or unvaccinated, eight have been fully vaccinated and the remaining six cases had already received their booster shots," he said in a statement today.

He said currently, 89 Covid-19 cases were treated at intensive care units (ICU) of which 57 patients are on ventilators.

Data on CovidNow showed that active cases had further reduced to 80,977 yesterday.

A total 79,149 people or 97.7 per cent of the cases are under home quarantine, two per cent treated at hospitals, 0.2 per cent at Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centres (PKRC) and 89 are warded at ICUs.

Dr Noor Hisham said 218 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospitals yesterday, consisting of 111 Categories 3, 4 and 5 cases and 107 Categories 1 and 2 cases.

He said, one new cluster – an education cluster – was identified in Selangor, with active clusters now at 99.

He added that the national infectivity rate had declined to 0.77 yesterday.

Meanwhile, a total 667,069 children aged 5 to 11 have been fully vaccinated, making up 18.8 per cent of the population while 41.6 per cent of the same age group have taken the first dose of the vaccine.

Also, 97.6 per cent of the adult population or 22,963,872 people have received two doses of the vaccine and 68 per cent had taken their booster shots.

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