COVID-19: 27,179 new cases, Malaysia’s infectivity rate 1.16, cumulative totals 3,273,958

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PUTRAJAYA FEB.23: The COVID-19 infections have increased to 27,179 new cases today compared to 25,099 yesterday bringing the cumulative totals to 3,273,958 with 19,037 cured cases and its cumulative totals stand at 2,974,441 (90.9 per cent).

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, even though the number of new cases increased as of 22nd Feb. but the COVID-19 infectivity rate in Malaysia as a whole is 1.16 and almost all the states have shown a lower infectivity rate.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, Labuan still remains with its highest infectivity rate of 1.49, Sarawak 1.35, Sabah 1.31, Terengganu 1.28, Pulau Pinang 1.27, Pahang, Kelantan and Negeri Sembilan 1.26, Selangor and Perlis 1.25, Kedah 1.23, Kuala Lumpur and Johor 1.19, Putrajaya 1.16, Perak 1.12 and Melaka 1.11.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, from the new cases, 172 cases (0.63 per cent) were categories 3, 4 and 5 and another 27,007 cases (99.37 per cent) were categories 1 and 2.

Elaborating on the 172 new COVID-19 category 3, 4, and 5 cases as reported on 22 February 2022, Dr. Noor Hisham said, 51 cases (29.65%) were not vaccinated or had not been completely vaccinated; 91 cases (52.91%) have received two (2) doses of COVID-19 vaccine but have not received a booster dose; 30 cases (17.44%) received a booster dose; 67 cases (38.95%) aged 60 years and above; 93 cases (54.07%) had co-morbidities; and 6 cases (3.49%) of pregnant mothers.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, 7,792 cases (28.67 per cent) were in category 1, 19,215 (70.70 per cent) in category 2, 102 cases (0.37 per cent) in category 3, 43 cases (0.16 per cent) in category 4 and 27 cases (0.10 per cent) in category 5.

“From the new cases, 286 were admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) while 180 needed respiratory assistance. The local COVID-19 infections have affected 27,059 and out of which 26,381 involving citizens (97.5 per cent) and 678 non-citizens (2.5 per cent),” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a statement here today.

Meanwhile, 120 cases were imported involving 64 citizens (53.3 per cent) and 56 non-citizens (46.7 per cent).

According to Dr. Noor Hisham, there were nine new clusters formed on 22nd Feb. with 505 active clusters, 6,227 have expired while 6,732 clusters have been formed since the COVID-19 pandemic started in early 2020.

On another development Dr. Noor Hisham stressed that unvaccinated individuals is most at risk for serious COVID-19 infection (especially in categories 4 and 5) and also most at risk for death from COVID-19 infection.

However, he said individuals who have received a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine is the most protected, with a lower number of cases of serious COVID-19 infection (categories 3, 4, and 5) as well as deaths from COVID-19 among the recipients of booster doses compared to the non-vaccinated group and the group that were completely vaccinated but had not received a booster dose (vaccinated but no booster dose).

He added the booster dose vaccine can provide the best protection against death and serious symptoms of COVID-19.–Malaysia World News

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