Dr Noor Hisham: New Covid-19 infections dip below 20,000 mark with 19,807 cases

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Health workers collect swab samples to test for Covid-19 at the Selcare Clinic in Shah Alam August 1, 2021. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Health workers collect swab samples to test for Covid-19 at the Selcare Clinic in Shah Alam August 1, 2021. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 — Malaysia recorded a dip in Covid-19 cases with 19,807 new infections reported in the past 24 hours.

The last time the country recorded below 20,000 mark was on August 17, where 19,631 cases were reported.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the cumulative total number of cases currently stands at 1,555,093 since the pandemic arrived in Malaysia last year.

Dr Noor Hisham said Selangor topped the list with the highest number of cases with 5,379, followed by Sabah at 2,368 and Kedah at 1,948.

Other states that recorded above 1,000 mark include Sarawak at 1,772, followed by Penang (1,501), Johor (1,391) and Kelantan (1,196).

Kuala Lumpur was the next highest with 999 cases, ahead of Perak (703), Pahang (598), Melaka (558), Terengganu (534), Negri Sembilan (508), Perlis (54), Putrajaya (24) and Labuan (four).

He added that there are currently 262,255 active cases, with 1,026 patients being treated in intensive care and 496 requiring respiratory assistance.

He said 18,200 recoveries were reported today, bringing the total number of those discharged to 1,278,670.

Dr Noor Hisham said the country also recorded 232 Covid-19 fatalities pushing the cumulative total to 14,168.

Out of the total deaths, 43 cases were announced dead before arriving at the hospital.

Meanwhile health authorities detected 24 new Covid-19 clusters. 12 from workplaces, 11 within the general community, and one found within high-risk groups.

He added that the clusters with the highest increase in new cases today are the Kampung Lintang Baru cluster (62 cases), Tapak Bina Jalan Gelugor 2 cluster (59 cases) and Semada cluster (58 cases).

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