KUALA LUMPUR: The nation's Covid-19 cases rose by 5.2 per cent between February 26 to March 4 (Epidemiological Week 9) when compared to the previous week.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the number of cases in epidemiological week 9 rose to 1,438 from 1,367.
Dr Noor Hisham said the new cases brought the cumulative Covid-19 cases to 5,043,626 since the pandemic hit the country in 2020.
"The average number of active cases in the country is 8,851, as of Epidemiology Week 9," he said in a statement today.
Dr Noor Hisham said Covid-19 fatalities rose up to 300 per cent in the same week to eight cases from two cases. The nation's total Covid-19 death now stood at 36,965.
The number of Covid-19 recoveries in the same period reported a decline to 8.8 per cent or 1,365 cases.
In the same period, Dr Noor Hisham said patients admitted to public hospitals under Category 1 to 5 remained the same at 2.8 per cent per 100,000 of the population from the previous week.
"The occupancy of non-critical beds rose by 1 per cent, while the occupancy of ICU beds remained at 2 per cent," he said.
Since the Covid-19 was announced as a global pandemic, the country saw a total of 5,043,626 reported cases of the coronavirus.
Dr Noor Hisham said the Covid-19 updates will be published every two weeks instead of weekly.
He said the Health Ministry's CovidNow website which issued data on Covid-19 will be updated weekly.
"Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic that has hit the country since 2020, the Health Ministry has shared data and information transparently and openly.
"We appreciate the public's awareness and concern in being informed on Covid-19 situation has helped us in curbing the spread of the disease," he said.