Health Ministry: Malaysia logs 16,117 new Covid-19 cases; infections in Penang on the rise

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Foreign workers are seen at the KLCC vaccination centre to receive their Covid-19 jab July 27, 2021. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
Foreign workers are seen at the KLCC vaccination centre to receive their Covid-19 jab July 27, 2021. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — After a slight drop yesterday, Malaysia once again recorded a rise in new Covid-19 cases today with 16,117 cases.

In a Twitter post, the Ministry of Health revealed that Selangor alone recorded 6,616 cases, maintaining the highest number of new cases among the states and Federal Territories.

This was followed by Kuala Lumpur (2,457), Kedah (1,000), Johor (907) and Sabah (741).

Meanwhile, Penang, which is in Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan, recorded a significant uptick in new infections, with 618 cases in the last 24-hour period.

Labuan and Perlis were the only two places nationwide to record cases below the 100-case mark, with 11 and two cases respectively.

The remaining states and Federal Territories were Negri Sembilan (669), Melaka (674), Kelantan (592), Perak (583), Sarawak (405), Pahang (403), Terengganu (317) and Putrajaya (112).

The new cases today comprised 80.7 per cent Malaysians and 19.3 per cent non-Malaysians.

The latest tally brings the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in Malaysia since the start of the pandemic to 1,044,071.

The nationwide Covid-19 infectivity rate — denoted as R-naught, R0 or Rt — is currently 1.14, which is a drop of 0.01 from yesterday.

Eight states and Federal Territories recorded an R-naught above the national average with the top three being Terengganu (1.29), Kedah (1.26) and Johor (1.26)

Despite the rise in cases in Penang, the states R-naught dropped to 1.19 today from Selangor and Kuala Lumpur both recorded an R-naught exactly equal to that of the nationwide average.

Those with an R-naught below the nationwide average were Melaka (1.04), Sarawak (1.04) and Negri Sembilan (1.0) and Labuan (0.66).

Perlis had an R-naught of zero.

MoH also revealed that 11,526 people recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours, bringing the all-time total of those who had done so to 865,439.

The current Covid-19 recovery rate nationwide is 82.9 per cent.

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