Daily Covid-19 cases staying above 1k

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia recorded 1,251 new Covid-19 cases as of Friday, with the majority of new infections reported in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur at 438 and 284 respectively.

This is the third consecutive day infections have been over the 1,000 mark.

On Thursday, Malaysia reported 1,278 new cases, while on Wednesday it was 1,054.

According to the Health Ministry's CovidNow portal, the cumulative number of cases in Malaysia now stood at 4,418,338.

Other than Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, Penang reported 100 new cases, followed by 64 in Perak, 61 in Kedah, 57 in Melaka, 50 in Johor, 43 in Negri Sembilan, 34 in Sarawak, 27 in Pahang, 26 in Sabah, 19 in Terengganu, 17 in Putrajaya, 15 in Kelantan, 14 in Perlis and two cases in Labuan.

Of the fresh infections yesterday, nine were imported cases.

Meanwhile, the country's active cases stood at 26,100, with 24,978 cases observing home quarantine; 1,026 hospitalised; 39 warded at intensive care units (ICU) and ventilated; 37 at ICU and unventilated and 19 cases at Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC).

2,599 recoveries were recorded yesterday, bringing the tally to 4,393,689.

Up to yesterday, 11 states had more than half of their hospital beds occupied.

The states are Melaka, Terengganu, Perak, Sarawak, Kedah, Sabah, Johor, Kelantan, Pahang, Penang and Selangor.

Selangor reported the highest number of hospitalised Covid-19 cases on Friday with 127 admissions, followed by Johor at 117 and Sabah with 70.

On ICU utilisation, eight states and two federal territories (FT) had more than half of their ICU occupied.

The states are Kedah, Kelantan, Johor, Selangor, Melaka, Penang, Perak and Sabah, while the two FTs are Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

As for ventilator utilisation, all states and FTs reported usage of below 50 per cent, with a nationwide rate of 32.1 per cent.

Meanwhile, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a Twitter post said the national infectivity rate or Rt value stood at 0.52 as of yesterday.

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