KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 — Malaysia recorded 11,889 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, ending the upward trend of the past three days straight.
Today’s cases declined by 846 compared to the 12,735 cases yesterday — the highest so far this week.
Sarawak alone garnered 2,413 new infections, the highest of all states.
This was followed by Selangor (1,568), Johor (1,217), Perak (959), Sabah (872), Kelantan (858), Pahang (831), Penang (779), Kedah (710) and Terengganu (699), making them only nine states that recorded cases above the 500 mark.
Kuala Lumpur recorded 289 new infections in the same 24-hour period.
Only three states recorded new infections below 100, namely Perlis (81), Putrajaya (36) and Labuan (two).
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the latest tally pushed the cumulative total number of cases to 2,257,584 since the pandemic arrived in Malaysia.
Malaysians made up the majority of cases at 11,875 individuals, while the remaining 875 were foreigners.
In a statement later, Dr Noor Hisham revealed that there were 904 individuals requiring intensive care treatment, of which 850 were confirmed Covid-19 cases and the remaining 54 under investigation.
“Of the 904, a total of 492 require breathing assistance,” he said.
The number of recoveries also surpassed today’s figure at 15,891 people.
On the overall cases reported, Dr Noor Hisham said 179 or 1.5 per cent were Category 3, 4 and 5 patients.
Apart from that, another 14 new clusters were registered today — seven were workplace clusters, six community clusters, and one religious cluster — for a combined total of 1,068 active clusters to date.
Dr Noor Hisham also said the nationwide Covid-19 infectivity rate — denoted as R-naught, R0 or Rt — was at 0.90, with Putrajaya the highest at 1.02, followed by Pahang and Perlis at 0.99, Melaka at 0.98, Kelantan at 0.97 and Terengganu at 0.96.
All but Perak, Sarawak, Penang, Negri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Labuan surpassed that of the nationwide average.
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