Daily increase in COVID-19 cases is a global trend, 20,889 new cases, 4,292 vaccinated, 221,396 active cases – DG Dr. Noor Hisham

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PUTRAJAYA AUG.6: Malaysia’s daily new COVID-19 cases has reached 20,889 today bringing the cumulative total to 1,224,595 with 16,394 discharged adding to the grand total to 993,020 or 81.1 per cent and 221,396 active cases nationwide.

Director General of Health,Tan Sri. Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, from the new cases,17,477 are involving citizens or 83.7 per cent while 3,399 are non-citizens or 16.3 per cent.

“From the new cases, 1,096 cases had been admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) while 545 cases need respiratory aids. Today 160 death cases have been reported bringing the death toll to 10,179 or 0.83 per cent affecting 142 citizens and 18 foreigners,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a statement here today.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, from the 20,889 cases reported today, 273 (1.3 per cent) were from categories 3, 4 and 5 while another 20,616 cases (98.7 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.

The Director General said, only 4,292 cases (20.5 per cent) of the total cases reported today had a history of COVID-19 immunization.

Regarding the report of an increase in COVID-19 cases in Malaysia, Dr. Noor Hisham said, it is in line with the increase in cases globally.

In Malaysia, the highest average incidence rates of seven days (July 31 – to August 6, 2021) per 100,000 population are as follows; Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur – 105.7, Selangor 101.5, Putrajaya 75.6, Negeri Sembilan 71.7, Melaka 53.8 and Kedah 51.8.

Dr. Noor Hisham also highlighted that the increasing number of daily cases indicates that COVID-19 virus infection is already contagious in the community. The number of clusters had increased from 286 clusters in the period between 23rd June to 6th July 2021 to 347 clusters in the period between 7th July to 20th July 2021, and further to 401 clusters in the period between 21st July 2021 to 1st August 2021.

He added, during the same period, it was found that the number of workplace clusters has increased from 180 clusters to 204 clusters and the latest is 213 clusters, while the number of community clusters also increased from 86 clusters to 91 clusters and the latest 142 clusters for the period. This increase is a follow-up to extensive meeting contact filters.

“The high level of awareness in the community causes many to conduct self-testing or COVID-19 detection when symptomatic or after knowing they are in close contact. It was found that about 70 percent of RTK-Antigen testing was conducted by private agencies.

“The increase in cases is also believed to be contributed by the spread of Delta variants. To date a total of 199 cases of Delta variants have been detected in the community. This Delta variant has resulted in a faster, more aggressive, and less responsive rate of viral infection to the treatment given,” he reiterated.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, Ministry of Health advises the public to always be compliant and remain in the practice of preventive measures, adhere to standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and obtain COVID-19 vaccination.

Cases are expected to start declining by the end of August when more than 40 per cent of the population in Malaysia receives a full dose of the vaccine.

Meanwhile, the states contributing to new COVID-19 cases today are Selangor with 8,792, Kuala Lumpur (2,483), Johor (1,275), Sabah (1,291), Sarawak (652), Negeri Sembilan (986), Kedah (1,371), Pulau Pinang (776), Kelantan (938), Perak (624), Melaka (491), Pahang (610), Terengganu (460), Labuan (9), Putrajaya (122) and Perlis 9. –Malaysia World News

 


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