MCO day 490: New daily Covid-19 cases surge again to 12,366 & another 93 deaths

PUTRAJAYA, 20 July 2021:

After two consecutive days of flirting just above the 10,000 mark, daily additions of Covid-19 infections surged to the 4th highest record of 12,366 over the past 24 hours – raising Malaysia’s tally to 939,899 cases.

The raging numbers in the Klang Valley continued to keep it the national Covid-19 epicentre – in Selangor (5,524), Kuala Lumpur (1,580) and Negeri Sembilan (970).

Other hotspot states are Johor (793), Kedah (701), Sabah (657), Penang (460), Sarawak (351), Melaka (309), Perak (295), Pahang (288), Terengganu (190) and Kelantan (179).

Charting 50 or fewer new Covid-19 cases are Perlis (2), Labuan (17) and Putrajaya (50).

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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There were two Malaysians among the eight imported cases, local transmissions were made up of 10,002 citizens (80.9%) and 2,356 foreigners.

The new cases were mainly made up of 7,327 asymptomatic persons (category 1) and 4,861 with mild symptoms (category 2).

Those hospitalised included 93 with lung inflammation (category 3), 33 needing oxygen support (category 4) and 52 critically ill persons needing respirators (category 5).

Outpaced by new Covid-19 cases, today’s 7,567 discharges brought total recoveries to 798,955 (85%) as active cases shot up to 133,703, with 924 patients at intensive care units and 448 needing oxygen supply.

Another 93 fatalities brought the death toll to 7,241 – with casualties in Selangor (31), Johor (16), Melaka (9), Kedah (8), Pahang (7), Negeri Sembilan (5), Penang (5), Perak (5), Kuala Lumpur (2), Sabah (2), Sarawak (2) and Terengganu (1). Sadly, 10 Covid-19 patients were brought in dead to hospitals in Kedah (5), Melaka (3), Sabah (1) and Selangor (1).

There was a detention cluster in Perak (DTI Bidor) among the 18 identified today, together with two high-risk groups in Johor (Jalan Bukit Chagar JB) and Pahang (Paya Luas Temerloh) plus two community clusters in Perak (Kampung Sungai Seputeh Larut) and Sabah (Kampung Pukak Tuaran).

The remainder 13 workplace clusters are in:

  • Johor (Jalan Istimewa Dua JB, Jalan Sri Pelangi JB and Simpang Jeram Muar);
  • Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Berhala Merah and Tapak Bina Jalan Kia Peng);
  • Selangor (Alam Jaya Lima Kuala Selangor, Industri Jalan Haji Sirat Klang, Industri Kenanga Satu Hulu Selangor and Industri Persiaran Subang);
  • Kelantan (Jalan Stadium Kota Bharu), Melaka (Industri Teknologi Cheng 30), Negeri Sembilan (Jalan Waterfront Port Dickson) and Terengganu (Pasar Besar Dungun).

The 920 active clusters out of 3,299 identified todate contributed 1,948 of today’s new Covid-19 cases, another 6,946 came from close contact screening and other screenings recorded 3,464 positives.