MCO day 488: Another 10,710 new daily Covid-19 cases as tally heads to million

PUTRAJAYA, 18 July 2021:

As the million Covid-19 infections tally looms for Malaysia, there were another 10,710 new cases recorded over the past 24 hours to bring the running total to 916,561 positives.

The raging infections within the national Covid-19 epicentre of the Klang Valley finally seems to be receding with fewer positives recorded in Selangor (4,828), Kuala Lumpur (945) and Negeri Sembilan (771) – still making up 61% of today’s new cases, down from over 71% trending over the past week or so.

Other hotspot states are Johor (808), Kedah (696), Sabah (666), Perak (407), Pahang (369), Penang (295), Melaka (289), Sarawak (261), Kelantan (146) and Terengganu (123).

Charting fewer than 100 new Covid-19 cases each are Perlis (5), Labuan (50) and Putrajaya (51).

Among the eight states given leeway to ease lockdown measures, only Perlis seems to be keeping the situation under control while ever higher figures are still getting charted in Kelantan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Sabah, Sarawak and Terengganu.

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Half of the 12 imported cases are foreigners, local transmissions were made up of 8,579 Malaysians (80.2%) and 2,119 non-citizens.

Over half  or 6,317 (59%) of those who tested positive today were asymptomatic (category 1) while 4,162 (38.9%) persons had mild symptoms (category 2). Those with more serious symptoms are 91 (0.8%) with lung inflammations (category 3), needing oxygen aid are 45 (0.4%) persons (category 4) and 95 (0.9%) needed ventilators (category 5).

Continuing to be outpaced by today’s new Covid-19 cases, the 5,778 discharges brought total recoveries to 784,949 (85.64%) as active cases shot up to 124,593 with 909 patients at intensive care units and 445 needing respirators.

The highest ever fatalities over 24 hours recorded today, at 153, brought the death toll to 7,019 – with casualties in Selangor (82), Kuala Lumpur 917), Negeri Sembilan (14), Johor (10), Kedah (8), Pahang (6), Melaka (5), Penang (2), Putrajaya (2), Sabah (2), Labuan (1), Kelantan (1), Perak (1), Sarawak (1) and Terengganu (1).

It was also one of the worst days yet with 24 Covid-19 patients dying at home and their bodies brought in dead to hospitals in Selangor (20), Kuala Lumpur (2), Labuan (1) and Penang (1).

Among the 17 new clusters identified today were one detention-related (Tembok Tawau Dua) and a high-risk group (Batu Tiga Utara Sandakan) – both in Sabah. Another five are community clusters in Johor (Jalan Bacang 30, Jalan Denai Utama and Jalan Tasek Seri Alam – all in JB), Kedah (Dah Kampung Kerchut) and Pahang (Pos Iskandar).

The remainder 10 workplace clusters are in Selangor (Industri Desa Aman Gombak, Industri Jalan Klinik Klang and Persiaran Pekeliling Bangi), Sabah (Agathis and Sri Sandau), Johor (Batu Enam Pandan JB), Kedah (Dah Padang Temusu), Kelantan (Lorong MIEL Lundang), Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Segambut Duta) and Melaka (Industri Jalan Usaha 12).

The 905 active clusters out of 3,250 identified todate contributed 1,851 of today’s new Covid-19 cases, another 5,890 from close contact screening and other screenings made up 2,957 cases.

Separately, several measures have been imposed to prevent the virus spread during the Aidiladha celebrations.

Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said police won’t accept documents from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) as a valid movement permit for the four-day period from July 18-21 for interstate travel.

Kelantan State Local Government, Housing and Health Committee chairman Dr Izani Husin said negative PCR tests within the previous 72 hours are required before entry into that state – a measure effective from yesterday (July 17).

Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail announced anyone who had travelled inter-state is barred from attending Aidiladha prayers in that state on Tuesday. This bar covers all those who travelled interstate with permission or without permission, including those who commuted to work daily.

Perlis Islamic Affairs and Malay Customs Council extended the prayers attendance bar – especially for open areas – to family members of those who travelled inter-state, unless they had completed both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

As of yesterday, Malaysia has administered over 14 million vaccine doses under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme as of yesterday, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

The 14,002,324 doses were given to 9,570,974 individuals as the first dose and 4,431,350 people completing their second dose since the immunisation programme was launched on Feb 24.