12,366 new infections; cumulative Covid-19 numbers nearing 1 million mark

The number of Covid-19 cases breached the 12,000 mark when 12,366 new infections were recorded in the past 24-hours.

Jul 20, 2021

The number of Covid-19 cases breached the 12,000 mark when 12,366 new infections were recorded in the past 24-hours. - NSTP/DANIAL SAAD


By Dawn Chan
The number of Covid-19 cases breached the 12,000 mark when 12,366 new infections were recorded in the past 24-hours.

It was a jump from yesterday's 10,972 positive cases.

This is the third occasion that the Covid-19 cases has been in the 12,000-case range. On July 16, the coronavirus figure stood at 12,541 and the following day, we registered 12,528 cases.

However, the latest figure was nowhere near the all-time high single day infection rate of 13,215 cases recorded on July 13.

The latest figures also saw the infections creep near the one million mark nationwide, with cumulative cases now standing at 939,899, since the pandemic struck the country last year.

Selangor continues to remain on the top of the list with 5,524 patients testing positive for the coronavirus, followed by 1,580 cases in Kuala Lumpur and 970 in Negri Sembilan.

There were 460 cases in Penang, 179 in Kelantan, 701 in Kedah, 295 in Perak, 309 in Melaka, 288 in Pahang, 190 in Terengganu, 17 in Labuan, 50 in Putrajaya, two in Perlis, 793 in Johor, 657 in Sabah and 351 in Sarawak.

Of the new infections, only eight are imported cases.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the majority of new cases were in Category 1 and 2.

"There are 4,861 patients (39.2 per cent) in Category 2 (light symptoms) and 7,327 patients (59.3 per cent) in Category 1 (no symptoms).

"There are 52 patients (0.4 per cent) in Category 5 (critical and requiring breathing assistance), 33 patients (0.3 per cent) in Category 4 (pneumonia and require supplemental oxygen) and 93 patients (0.8 per cent) in Category 3 (pneumonia).

"Overall, only 1.5 per cent of cases reported today are in Category 3,4 and 5," he said in a statement.

The number of deaths was logged at 93 today, dropping down to two digits after hovering above 100 for eight days. The overall death toll now stands at 7,241.

On July 18, Malaysia recorded the highest single-day death toll at 153.

There were 31 deaths in Selangor, 16 in Johor, nine in Melaka, eight in Kedah, seven in Pahang, five each in Penang, Negri Sembilan and Perak, two each in Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and Sarawak, and one in Terengganu.

Dr Noor Hisham said the deaths involved 50 male and 43 female patients. There were 91 Malaysians and two foreigners.

"Ten of them were brought in dead while 83 died at the hospitals," he said, adding that 81 had prior medical conditions.

Dr Noor Hisham said there were 7,567 recoveries today while 924 patients were warded at the Intensive Care Units, with 448 requiring breathing assistance.

He added that 18 new clusters were registered today in Selangor, Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Kelantan, Melaka, Terengganu, Sabah, Perak, Johor and Pahang raising the total active ones to 920 so far.

Up to 13 new clusters were identified consisting of 13 workplace infections, two involving community transmissions, two of high-risk communities and one at a detention centre.

In Selangor, two workplace clusters with the highest number of infections at 140 and 107 are the Industri Jalan Haji Sirat and Industri Persiaran Subang. It involves the Klang, Kuala Selangor, Petaling, and Hulu Langat districts.

In Pahang, the high-risk community cluster with the largest number of cases is Paya Luas with 101 where the virus spread had occurred in the Temerloh, Bera, Jerantut, Maran and Bentong districts.

Dr Noor Hisham said 13 states had recorded the infectivity rate or R-naught of over 1.0 with Terengganu registering the highest at 1.30.

It is 1.24 in Kedah, 1.23 in Sabah, 1.22 in Putrajaya, 1.20 in Penang, 1.18 in Johor, 1.17 in Negri Sembilan, 1.16 in Pahang, 1.15 in Selangor, 1.14 in Melaka, 1.10 in Kuala Lumpur and Perak and 1.09 in Kelantan.

Sarawak, Labuan and Perlis's Rt were logged at 0.92, 0.77 and 0 respectively.

The nation's infectivity rate (Rt) was at 1.14, said Dr Noor Hisham.

Rt refers to the infectivity rate of a virus and the ability of a positive patient to transmit it to other people.

If the Rt value is 1.5, it means a positive patient would be able to infect one or two other persons.––NST

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