PUTRAJAYA FEB.21: The COVID-19 infections has reduced to 26,832 new cases compared to the past two days bringing the cumulative totals to 3,221,680 with 18,459 cured cases and standing with 2,937,655 (91.2 per cent) cumulative totals.
Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, 261 had to be admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) while 139 cases requiring respiratory assistance.
“From the daily cases, 133 cases (0.50 per cent) were categories 3, 4, and 5; while another 26,699 cases (99.50 per cent) from categories 1 and 2,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in his statement here today.
Dr. Noor Hisham stressed that 8,469 cases (31.56 per cent) were in category 1, 18,230 (67.94 per cent) in category 2, 66 cases (0.25 per cent) category 3, 38 cases (0.14 per cent) category 4 and 29 cases (0.11 per cent) in category 5.
He added, from the 133 new COVID-19 cases in category 3,4 and 5 reported on 20th Feb.2022, 29 cases (21.80 per cent) were not vaccinated or had not been completely vaccinated.
Dr. Noor Hisham said, 75 cases (65.39 per cent) had received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines; 29 cases (21.80 per cent) had received a booster dose; 62 cases (46.62 per cent) aged 60 and above; 47 cases (35.34 per cent) had co-morbidities and 6 cases (4.51 per cent) of pregnant mothers.
“Overall, the Ministry of Health (MOH) found that the capacity of health facilities in public hospitals can still accommodate COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 cases. Nevertheless, each state has been prepared with a quick response plan in the event of an increase in cases.
Dr. Noor Hisham said, MOH would like to clarify that there is a difference between the daily data of COVID-19 to the hospital cases categories 1-5 that are newly diagnosed on a daily basis.
“This is in view of the dynamic clinical condition of the patient and may deteriorate or improve throughout COVID-19 infection. For example, at the time of diagnosis, the patient may be in category 2A and isolated at home via a digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO), however the patient’s health status may decline to category three (3) or more and require hospitalisation,” he said.
Dr. Noor Hisham added, as of February 20, 2022, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 cases was 1,438 cases and out of which 485 cases (33.7 per cent) were categories 3, 4, and 5; and another 953 cases (66.3 per cent) were from categories 1 and 2.
Regarding COVID-19 clusters, Dr. Noor Hisham said, today there are 15 new clusters, 500 active clusters, 6,219 have expired while 6,719 clusters have been formed since the COVID-19 pandemic started in early 2020.
On another development, the COVID-19 infectivity rate as a whole in Malaysia is 1.21 based on the number of daily cases on 19th Feb.2022. However, Labuan retains its highest infectivity rate of 1.71; Sarawak 1.48; Sabah 1.40; Pulau Pinang 1.36; Terengganu 1.36; Negeri Sembilan 1.35; Perlis 1.32; Kedah and Kelantan 1.31; Selangor 1.30; Pahang 1.29; Johor 1.24; Kuala Lumpur 1.22; Perak 1.20; Melaka 1.19 and Putrajaya 1.17._ Malaysia World News