Covid-19: 12,528 new cases in Malaysia today

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A general view of the Covid-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) at Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam July 14, 2021. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
A general view of the Covid-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) at Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam July 14, 2021. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 ― The Ministry of Health recorded 12,528 cases in the past 24 hours with Selangor and Kuala Lumpur remaining the states with the highest number of infections.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah revealed today that Selangor recorded 4,985 cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur (1,740), Negri Sembilan (1,280), Kedah (701), Sabah (647), Johor (625), Melaka (569) and Sarawak (388), to name a few.

Two other states recorded a two-digit increase, namely Putrajaya (41) and Labuan (22), while Perlis only recorded one new case.

There were also 28 new Covid-19 clusters recorded in the past 24 hours.

The biggest is the Awan Besar workplace cluster in Kuala Lumpur, where 270 people were found to be positive out of 287 people screened.

The nation also saw 138 deaths today, the highest to date. It surpassed the previous record of 135 Covid-19 fatalities in a single day on July 8.

Earlier today, Dr Noor Hisham also revealed that asymptomatic cases made up 54.6 per cent of Covid-19 infections recorded in the last 24 hours.

Out of the 12,528 people infected, 6,840 were from Category 1, which are those who show no symptoms of the disease at all.

Those with mild symptoms are in Category 2 and make up 5,468 people, Dr Noor Hisham said on Twitter, adding that another 112 people are in Category 3.

Categories 4 and 5 — comprising those with severe symptoms that require treatment in intensive care wards — collectively made up 108 patients, he said. Category 5 patients are the ones who need ventilators and there were 44 as of yesterday.

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