PUTRAJAYA, 21 July 2021:
The relentless 5-figure additions of Covid-19 infections continued with 11,985 new cases reported over the past 24 hours, raising Malaysia’s tally to 951,884 infections.
The Klang Valley remains the national Covid-19 epicentre with new cases still surging in Selangor (5,550), Kuala Lumpur (1,174) and Negeri Sembilan (745).
Other hotspot states are Kedah (800), Johor (644), Pahang (603), Sabah (474), Melaka (453), Kelantan (386), Penang (362), Perak (274), Sarawak (261) and Terengganu (171).
Recording fewer than 100 new Covid-19 cases are Perlis (2), Labuan (35) 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.
There were five Malaysians among the seven imported cases, local transmissions involved 10,445 citizens (87.2%) and 1,533 foreigners.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said almost half (48.9%) of the new positives are symptomatic, these 5,850 patients and another 5,847 persons with mild symptoms are allowed to self-isolate.
Only 288 (2.4%) of today’s new infected need hospitalisation – with 178 with lung inflammation (category 3), while 45 need oxygen supply (category 4) and 65 critical patients are on ventilators (category 5).
Further outpaced by new Covid-19 cases, the 7,902 discharges overnight brought total recoveries to 806,857 (84.77%) as active cases surged to 137,587 with 927 patients at intensive care units and 459 needing breathing aids.
It was also the worst ever daily death toll with 199, as total fatalities rose to 7,440 (0.78%) – with casualties in Selangor (84), Kuala Lumpur (57), Melaka (16), Kedah (12), Negeri Sembilan (7), Johor (6), Pahang (6), Terengganu (3), Kelantan (2), Penang (2), Perak (2), Sabah (1) and Sarawak (1).
A shocking 33 Covid-19 patients also had their bodies brought in dead to hospitals in Selangor (21), Kuala Lumpur (1), Kelantan (1) and Melaka (1).
There was an education cluster in Johor (Kampung Tengah Dalam Kluang) among the 30 identified today, together with two religious clusters in Kelantan (Kampung Hujung Tanjung Kota Bharu) and Terengganu (Taman Sentosa Neram) plus two high-risk groups in Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Daud and Lorong Ampang Dua – both in Titiwangsa).
Another eight are community clusters in Johor (Jalan Melur Tangkak and Jalan Paip Tangkak), Kedah (Dah Kuala Jerlun Kubang Pasu), Kelantan (Jalan Melor Ketereh Kota Bharu, Kampung Joh Machang and Kampung Sireh Kota Bharu), Pahang (Nabun Lipis) and Sarawak (Sungai Sebatu Meradong).
The remainder 17 workplace clusters are in:
- Johor (Jalan Tanjong Puteri JB, PLO Jalan Tembaga JB and Simpang Pinggiran Tongkang Batu Pahat);
- Penang (Industri Sungai Baong, Jalan Jelawat Satu, Jalan Seladang and Tingkat Mak Mandin Lima – all in Perai);
- Sabah (Industri KKIP Selatan and Sawit Lung Beluran);
- Selangor (Industri Anggerik Mokara 47, Industri Jalan Jati Kiri, Industri Sungai Kayu Ara 32 and Tapak Bina Jalan Langat – all in Klang, plus Industri Meranti Utama Satu in Sepang);
- Kedah (Dah Tapak Bina Pauh Pendang), Kuala Lumpur (Lorong Bukit Enam Cheras) and Perak (Pengkalan Barat 2 Kinta).
The 931 active clusters out of 3,329 identified todate contributed 1,707 of today’s new Covid-19 cases, close contact screening made up 6,866 cases and another 3,405 came from other screenings.