MCO day 489: New daily Covid-19 cases at 10,972 & another 129 deaths

PUTRAJAYA, 19 July 2021:

It was yet another day of 5-digit additions of Covid-19 infections in Malaysia as 10,972 new cases were reported over the past 24 hours – raising the tally to 927,533 infections.

The number of new positives remain high within the Klang Valley – in Selangor ((4,404), Negeri Sembilan (1,340) and Kuala Lumpur (609).

Other hotspot states are Johor (876), Kedah (705), Sabah (651), Pahang (475), Melaka (474), Penang (426), Perak (324), Sarawak (301), Kelantan (170) and Terengganu (144).

Recording fewer than 50 new Covid-19 cases each are Perlis (1), Labuan (24) and Putrajaya (48).

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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For the new cases, 6,337 (57.8%) were asymptomatic and 4,464 (40.7%) had mild symptoms – this majority were allowed to self-quarantine, reported Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The remaining 171 (1.6%) need hospitalisation – 103 (0.9%) had lung inflammation, 42 (0.4%) needed oxygen support with 14-days average ward stays while 26 (0.2%) need ventilators and can expect 21 days of ward stays.

There were 28 Malaysians among the 48 imported cases, local transmissions were made up of 8,950 citizens (81.9%) and 1,974 foreigners.

Continuing to be outpaced by new Covid-19 cases, today’s 6,439 discharges brought total recoveries to 791,388(85.32%) as active cases rose to 128,997 with 915 patients at intensive care units and 435 needing oxygen support.

Today also saw the third highest daily death toll at 129 as total fatalities rose to 7,148 – with casualties in Selangor (61), Kedah (14), Kuala Lumpur (11), Melaka (10), Negeri Sembilan (10), Johor (9), Sarawak (3), Terengganu (3), Penang (2), Perak (2), Sabah (2), Kelantan (1) and Labuan (1). Sadly, 11 Covid-19 patients had their bodies brought in dead to hospitals in Selangor (8), Kuala Lumpur (2) and Sarawak (1).

There was an imported cluster in Johor (Troitsky – JB and Kota Tinggi) among the 31 identified today, together with two detention clusters in Melaka (DTI Machap Umboo 2 and Tembok Kemus 2) plus two high-risk groups in Kelantan (Jalan Rekang Tangok Bachok) and Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Midah 8A Cheras).

Another eight are community clusters in Johor (Jalan Desa Mutiara Lapan JB and Parit Beting Muar), Kelantan (Kampung Dewan Besar Machang and Sungai Long Jeli), Pahang (Jalan Pak Ngah Aziz Kuantan), Sabah (Angsana Papar), Sarawak (Jalan Selalang Sarikei) and Terengganu (Bukit Tebuk Dungun).

The remainder 18 workplace clusters are in:

  • Johor (Industri Jalan Firma Kluang Kluang, Industri Jalan Seelong Kulai, Jalan Rami Dua Muar and Kampung Parit Tiram Muar);
  • Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Jambu Kepong, Tapak Bina Jalan Binjai and Tapak Bina Jalan Kamuning);
  • Melaka (Industri Elektronik Bemban Jasin and Teknologi Lot Enam 2);
  • Penang (Industri Valdor Perai, Jalan Bayan Lepas, Jalan Usahawan Lima Perai and Lebuh Tenggiri Perai);
  • Kedah (Dah 3/6 Industri Sungai Petani), Pahang (Gudang Desa Corina Cameron Highlands), Perak (Jalan Kilang Satu Jelapang), Sabah (Pauh Kinabatangan) and Selangor (Industri Persiaran Sultan Klang).

The 920 active clusters out of 3,281 identified todate contributed 2,098 of today’s new Covid-19 cases, another 2,098 came from close contact screenings while other screenings made up 3,018 cases.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham tweeted that 3,465 (1.4%) healthcare staff out of 245,983 healthcare workers – who have been fully vaccinated – were infected with Covid-19.

Among those infected, only three (0.1%) had lung inflammation (category 3) and another three (0.1%) needed oxygen support (category 4).

He said none of these patients were classified as critical (category 5) and the majority 2,327 (67.2%) either had mild symptoms (category 2 total of 1,132) or asymptomatic (category 1 total of 1,195).

Dr Noor Hisham also noted a sharp drop in senior citizens (aged 60-79) falling critically ill with Covid-19 since April this year, coinciding with the national immunisation programme’s implementation.

“Vaccination saves lives and we can learn live side by side with Covid-19,” he stressed.