Epidemiological Week 34 sees reduction in Covid-19 cases

KUALA LUMPUR: Several Covid-19 indicators have shown a reduction in Covid-19 cases during Epidemiological Week 34, between Aug 21 and Aug 27, compared to the previous week.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Covid-19 cases that were admitted to health facilities, both hospitals and Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centres (PKRC), had decreased from 11 per 100,000 population to nine per 100,000 population.

He said admissions for Category 1 and 2 cases reduced by 15.8 per cent from 3.8 per 100,000 population to 3.2 per 100,000 population while Category 3,4 and 5 cases reduced by 15.2 per cent from 3.3 per 100,000 population to 2.8 per 100,000 population.

Dr Noor Hisham said non-critical beds, intensive care unit (ICU) beds and PKRC beds utilisation rate dipped three per cent, two per cent and one per cent respectively compared to EW33.

He added that the ventilator utilisation rate had furthermore reduced from 2.1 per cent to 1.8 per cent.

Cases coming to physical Covid-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) decreased; total cases being monitored by virtual CAC increased.

"Cases present at physical CAC had reduced from 13,016 to 11,327 and cases being referred by CAC to hospitals had also decreased 26 per cent, from 288 to 213.

"However, cases being monitored by virtual CAC had increased 5.15 per cent from 52,326 to 55,021."

Meanwhile, he said 18,715 fresh cases were reported in EW34, 17.9 per cent lower than the 22,786 cases in EW33.

Average active cases had also reduced by 13.9 per cent to 36,179 while the average national infectivity rate has dropped 5.3 per cent to 0.90 from 0.95.

The total of deaths, however, rose to 60 cases compared to 56 in the previous week.

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