138 Covid-19 fatalities, highest in a day

138 Covid-19 fatalities, highest in a day

Covid-19 claimed another 138 lives today, marking the sixth consecutive day fatalities exceeded 100.

This is also the highest daily fatalities recorded since Covid-19 hit the country last year. The country had on July 8 reported 135 deaths.

There were 115 deaths yesterday, 110 on Thursday, Wednesday (118), Tuesday (125) and Monday with 102.

In a statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 46 deaths were recorded in Selangor, Negri Sembilan (20), 16 each in Kuala Lumpur and Johor, Melaka (11), Kedah (seven), Perak (four), Penang (three), Terengganu (two) and Sabah with one death. Of the total deaths,128 were Malaysians.

Dr Noor Hisham said a total 18 of them were brought in dead, while only 10 had no chronic ailments.

Malaysia today recorded 12,528 new Covid-19 cases, breaching the 11,000 mark for the fifth consecutive day. Of the total, 19 were imported cases.

On Tuesday, Malaysia recorded 11,079 new cases, followed by 11,618 on Wednesday, 13,215 on Thursday and 12,541 yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham added that currently there were 908 cases being treated at Intensive Care Units (ICU), with 425 of them on ventilator support.

In the same statement, Dr Noor Hisham said 28 new clusters were detected, bringing a total of 906 active clusters.

“Workplace-related Covid-19 clusters continued to dominate, making up 19 of the 28 new clusters detected today.

“The remaining six clusters are community related, high-risk group (two) and education (one).”

Meanwhile, Putrajaya recorded the highest infectivity rate (Rt) with 1.31, much higher than the national average which stood at 1.19.

Other states which recorded an Rt of above 1.0 were Terengganu (1.25), Negeri Sembilan (1.21), Kedah (1.20), Selangor (1.19), Melaka (1.18), Kuala Lumpur (1.17), Penang (1.14), Kelantan (1.11), Pahang (1.10), Perak (1.10), Sabah (1.09), and Johor (1.08).

Dr Noor Hisham added Selangor continued to record the highest number of positive cases with 4,985 followed by Kuala Lumpur with 1,740 and Negri Sembilan with 1,280.

Kedah recorded 701 new cases, followed by Sabah with 647, Johor (625), Melaka (569), Perak (428), Penang (396), Sarawak (388), Pahang (317), Kelantan (211) and Terengganu with 177.

“Putrajaya and Labuan recorded 41 and 22 new cases respectively, while Perlis with one case,” he said in a statement.

With the new cases today, the total number of infections in the country stood at 905,851.

“A total of 6,629 new recoveries were reported, bringing the cumulative total of recoveries to 779,171 or 86.02 per cent.” Nst

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