New viruses including 409 Variant of Concern, 20 Variant of Interest found infecting the people nationwide –Dr. Noor Hisham


PUTRAJAYA JULY 23: The COVID-19 infections keep on rising with 15,573 new cases recorded today bringing the cumulative total to 980,491 with 10,094 discharged adding to the grand total to 825,387 or 84.8 per cent.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, from the new cases, 29 (0.2 per cent) were from category 5 (critical and in need of respiratory assistance), 74 (0.5 per cent) of category 4 (pneumonia and in need of oxygen assistance),102 cases (0.6 per cent) category 3 (pneumonia), 7,095 (45.6 per cent) category 2 (mild symptomatic), and 8,273 (53.1 per cent) category 1 (non-symptomatic).

He said, on the whole 1.3 per cent cases reported today are in categories 3, 4 and 5. This is based on their current clinical condition of newly diagnosed COVID-19. Some of them remained in the same category throughout the period of infection, however some changed their health status either improving to a lower category or declining to a higher category.

On another development, Dr. Noor Hisham said, ongoing studies by the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) and the Institution of Community Health and Medicine (IHCM) Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) have identified a total of 119 cases of new variants of the SARS-CoV -2 viruses.

“All 119 cases were Variant of Concern (VOC); 106 cases of Delta variants (B.1.617.2);10 cases of Beta variants (B.1.351); and three cases of Alpha variant (B.1.1.7).

“This brings the cumulative number of cases infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus categorized as VOCs and VOIs to 429 cases. From the total detected, 409 cases were VOC while 20 cases were Variant of Interest (VOI),” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a statement here today.

According to Dr. Noor Hisham, to date, for VOC there are 206 cases of Beta variant, 189 Delta variant and 14 Alpha variant while for VOI there are 13 cases of Theta variant, four of Kappa variant, and three cases of Eta variant.

There were 144 death cases reported and bringing the death toll to 7,718 or 0.79 per cent involving 66 in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur (16), Johor (15), Melaka (13), Negeri Sembilan (10), Pahang (8), Kedah (6), Sarawak (3), two cases each in Perak and Pulau Pinang and one case each in Sabah, Terengganu and Labuan.

Meanwhile from the new cases 939 were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while 456 needed respiratory assistance.

Dr. Noor Hisham highlighted on 30 new clusters have been formed and it includes 16 in the community affecting two in Johor, Perak (2), Selangor (2), Sarawak (2) Terengganu (1) and Sabah (1) while eight were created at the work places involving two cases in Johor, Sabah (2), Selangor (1), Kuala Lumpur (1), Perak (1) and Sarawak (1).

On the other hand, four clusters were in the high risk groups involving two in Johor, Sabah (1) and Selangor (1), one religious cluster in Selangor and one higher education cluster in Kuala Lumpur.

States contributing to the new COVID-19 cases include Selangor 7,672 with infectivity rate of 1.14, Kuala Lumpur 2,063 (1.09), Johor 722 (1.20), Sabah 516 (1.19), Sarawak 461 (1.04), Negeri Sembilan 682 (1.06), Pulau Pinang 530 (1.18), Kelantan 372 (1.16), Kedah 937 (1.22), Perak 415 (1.02), Melaka 452 (1.11), Pahang 457 (1.15), Terengganu 229 (1.44), Labuan 21 (1.15), Putrajaya 41 (1.22) and Perlis 3 (0).

Meanwhile based on the latest data on 22nd July 2021, the infectivity rate in Malaysia is 1.07.-Malaysia World



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