Covid-19: Infections climb back past 21,000, cumulative cases now stand at 1.94 million

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Healthcare workers collect swab samples to test for Covid-19 during a mass screening exercise in Taman Manggis, George Town August 12, 2021. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin
Healthcare workers collect swab samples to test for Covid-19 during a mass screening exercise in Taman Manggis, George Town August 12, 2021. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 — Malaysia recorded 21,176 new Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, with cumulative cases now standing at 1,940,950 cases, according to data released by Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

This is in contrast to the 19,307 Covid-19 infections recorded yesterday.

In a statement later, Dr Noor Hisham said collaborative research with UKM Medical Molecular Biology Institute has identified 44 new cases of the SARS-CoV-2 and 59 new cases of the Delta variant.

To date, 1,324 cases have been identified stemming from variants of concern and variants of interest.

This includes 1,081 cases of the Delta variant, 209 of the Beta variant and 14 case of the alpha variant.

Dr Noor Hisham also revealed that ICU (intensive care unit) beds for Covid-19 patients is at 82 per cent utilisation nationwide while non-ICU beds is at 77 per cent.

On immunisation, a total of 64.5 per cent of the country’s total population have received their first dose while 51.1 per cent have been completely inoculated.

For the adult population, 90 per cent have at least received one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine while 71.3 per cent have completed their vaccination.

From 21,176 new cases recorded, 98.4 per cent are or 20,838 are from Category 1 and 2 while 338 cases or 1.6 per cent consist of Category 3,4 and 5.

Some 21,476 cases of recoveries were also recorded in the last 24 hours, with active Covid-19 cases stands at 242,161 cases.

Currently, 1,310 cases are being treated in intensive care units (ICU) while 773 requires ventilator support.

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