19,631 new Covid-19 cases, 23 clusters at work places – DG Dr. Noor Hisham

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PUTRAJAYA AUG 17: Selangor is not only leading the daily cases of COVID-19 with a record of 6,556 but also with 90 deaths today from a total of 293 cases bringing the cumulative total to 13,077 or 0.90 per cent involving 251 citizens and 42 non citizens.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, from the death cases, 44 were brought in dead (BID) involving 28 citizens and 16 non-citizens while 1,054 cases were admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) and 525 requiring respiratory aids.

“From 19,631 new cases reported today, 305 cases (1.6 per cent) were from categories 3, 4 and 5. While another 19,326 (98.4 per cent) were from categories 1 and 2. This is based on the current clinical condition of the newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases.

“Some of the cases remained in the same category throughout the period of infection, however some also changed the health status of the cases either improving to a lower category or declining to a higher category,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a statement here today.
“In total, 16,638 (84.75 per cent) of the total cases reported today had no or incomplete vaccination.

“Get the COVID-19 vaccine to reduce the risk of serious infections. It is hoped that this will reduce COVID-19 infection in the country, especially cases in categories 3 to 5,” Dr. Noor Hisham said.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, the new cases today has brought the cumulative total to 1,444,270, active cases 252, 147, cured cases 16,468 bringing the cumulative total to 1,179,046 or 81.6 per cent.

Based on the latest data on 16 August 2021 Malaysia’s R T value (infectivity rate) is 1.05. The states that recorded the highest R T value were Perlis (1.25), followed by Sarawak (1.23), and Kelantan (1.19). All the states recorded R T above 1.0 except the Federal Territory of Labuan, the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, the Federal Territory of Putrajaya, and Negeri Sembilan.

On another development, 39 new clusters were reported today with 23 from the work places, 13 community clusters, two detention centres and one from high risk group.

According to Dr. Noor Hisham, 4,257 clusters have been formed since the pandemic started last year and out of which 2,897 have expired and 1,360 still active.

Meanwhile, the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) has identified a total of 43 cases of new variants of SARS-CoV-2 virus, all of which are Variant of Concern (VOC) which is the Delta variant (B.1.617.2).

“This brings the cumulative number of cases infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus categorized as VOC and Variant of Interest (VOI) to 710 cases. From the total detected, 690 cases were VOC while 20 cases were VO1.

“To date, for VOC there are 467 Delta variant cases, 209 Beta variant cases and 14 Alpha variant cases while for VOI there are 13 Theta variant cases, four Kappa variant cases, and three Eta variant cases,” Dr. Noor Hisham said.-Malaysia World News



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