Dr Noor Hisham: Big drop in new Covid-19 infections in the country, to 4,854

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Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said to date, Malaysia has recorded a total of 2,586,601 Covid-19 cases. — Picture by Hari Anggara
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said to date, Malaysia has recorded a total of 2,586,601 Covid-19 cases. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 — Malaysia logged a big drop of new Covid-19 infections today, with 4,854 new cases detected as compared to yesterday’s 5,859.

This is a drop of 1,005 new Covid-19 infections.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that this brings the total number of Covid-19 cases in the country to 2,586,601.

Dr Noor Hisham later in a statement said that only 86 cases out of the 4,854 new infections, or 1.8 per cent, are in category 3, 4 and 5, which require hospitalisation.

“The remaining 4,768 cases are under Category 1 and 2 that do not require hospitalisation and those affected only need to be under home quarantine.

“There are currently 541 patients being treated in intensive care units (ICU), of which 420 have tested positive, while 121 more are suspected, probable or under investigation for Covid-19.

“Out of these 541, 267 need ventilators to help them breathe, including 175 who are confirmed to be positive for Covid-19,” he said.

He added that the number of recoveries today are also higher than the number of new infections, with 5,525 people recovering from Covid-19 over the past 24 hours.

He said that three new Covid-19 clusters were also detected today, bringing the number of active clusters in the country to 235.

The national rate of infection currently stands at 1.01, with Putrajaya currently having the highest infectivity rate among the states at 1.17.

This is followed by Labuan at 1.16, with Kuala Lumpur, Kelantan and Selangor close behind in third at 1.08 each.

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