Malaysia’s new Covid-19 cases drop, but still above 6,000

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About 100 police personnel of IPD Ampang Jaya are administered the nasal swab test on February 25 2021 after 11 of person tested Covid-19 positive the previous day. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
About 100 police personnel of IPD Ampang Jaya are administered the nasal swab test on February 25 2021 after 11 of person tested Covid-19 positive the previous day. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 — Malaysia’s daily new Covid-19 cases have fallen today, but still remains above the 6,000-threshold value.

Today is the sixth consecutive day that the country has recorded more than 6,000 cases in a day.

The Health Ministry tweeted that 6,045 new Covid-19 cases were detected over the past 24 hours.

With the addition of the 6,045 new cases, Malaysia now has a total cumulative figure of 778,652 cases recorded since the pandemic started.

More than one-third of the new cases today or 37.4 per cent were from Selangor at 2,262 cases.

Three other locations — Kuala Lumpur at 616 new cases, Negri Sembilan (531) and Johor (500) — together with Selangor accounted for almost 65 per cent of the new cases today.

The other states with new cases reported in the three-digits are Perak (384), Sarawak (365), Kedah (332), Melaka (290), Sabah (228), Penang (173) and Kelantan (124).

The rest in the two digits are Pahang (95), Labuan (75), Terengganu (54), Putrajaya (16), while Perlis recorded zero new cases.

Currently, the entire country is under Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan which features the tightest restrictions.

However, five states — Kelantan, Pahang, Perlis, Perak, Terengganu — will move into the slightly more relaxed Phase 2 from tomorrow (July 5) onwards as these states have met the required thresholds in terms of the seven-day average for new Covid-19 cases, Intensive Care Units (ICU) beds usage and vaccination rate.

Malaysia’s Rt value, or the average number of persons who would be infected by a Covid-19 positive person over a seven-day moving window, is at 1.07, as of the latest data on July 3.

As of July 3, the state with the highest estimated Rt value with a 14-day moving window is Pahang at 1.24, while others above the 1.0 threshold are Putrajaya (1.16), Melaka (1.12), Selangor (1.08), Kuala Lumpur (1.04), Penang (1.02) and Sabah (1.01).

Today, a total of 63 deaths due to Covid-19 were recorded, with 25 in Selangor, 15 in Negri Sembilan, 10 in Kuala Lumpur, three each in Johor and Kedah, two each in Penang and Pahang, and one each in Sarawak, Terengganu and Melaka. The list included four who were brought in dead.

The youngest deceased was a 13-year-old girl in Hospital Tuanku Jaafar, Seremban who also had epilepsy, while the oldest was a 94-year-old woman at the same hospital who had other health conditions, namely diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidaemia.

Today, 5,271 patients recovered, while 67,669 cases still require treatment including 917 cases in ICUs, with 443 of the 917 ICU patients requiring respiratory support.

A total of 17 new clusters were recorded today, including 11 workplace clusters, five community clusters and one cluster involving high risk groups. So far, 657 Covid-19 cases that were detected have been linked to these 17 clusters.

From the 11 workplace clusters, there are seven clusters linked to factories (namely one factory located in the Parit Hulu industrial area in Muar, Johor with 40 cases detected so far; one in Taman Tan Sri Yaacob in Skudai, Johor (12 cases); one in the Parit Jamil industrial area in Muar, Johor (127 cases); one in Tanjung Agas industrial area in Tangkak, Johor (104 cases); one in the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park in Pahang (52 cases); one in Jalan Bangi Lama, Semenyih, Hulu Langat, Selangor (79 cases); and one at Lorong Sungai Tiram in the Bayan Lepas industrial area in Penang (25 cases)).

The remaining four workplace clusters involve a mining company at the shores of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah with 18 detected so far; a mining company in Bintulu shores in Sarawak with 21 detected; staff of a public institution at KM 22, Gambang, Kuantan, Pahang with 11 cases detected; and workers of a petrol station at Jalan Pasir Pekan, Pasir Mas in Kelantan with nine detected.

The five new community clusters include a cluster involving a funeral ceremony held at Kampung Penerangan in Sekinchan in Selangor with 41 cases detected, and with the index case being a Malaysian man aged 45 who was found positive on June 24 following a workplace screening.

One of the community clusters involves an index case detected in Dungun, Terengganu after interstate screenings for Covid-19 with 29 cases detected so far,

The high-risk group cluster involves the workers of a service company and patients of a medical centre in Persiaran Kempas Baru in Johor Baru, Johor, with 14 cases

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