MCO day 549: Just 1 Covid-19 death, 55% of Malaysia’s population vaccinated

PUTRAJAYA, 17 Sept 2021:

There was just a single death due to Covid-19 in Malaysia yesterday, according to the latest update at the Health Ministry’s CovidNow website.

Together with backdated reporting, raising the tally to 346 fatalities yesterday, inclusive of 105 brought in dead, Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll now stands at 22,355.

The casualties were reported in Selangor (94), Kedah (82), Johor (59), Sabah (47), Penang (30), Sarawak (14), Melaka (4), Terengganu (4), Kelantan (3), Kuala Lumpur (3), Perak (3) and Perlis (3). No deaths were reported in Labuan, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang and Putrajaya.

For vaccinations, with almost 40 million doses administered, 55% of the nation’s population or 17,973,545 persons had been vaccinated while another 21,783,871 persons had received their first dosage. Among those unvaccinated, 2,359,503 persons are waiting to receive their jabs while 8,514,026 (26.1%) haven’t registered yet.

In terms of new cases, 17,577 persons tested positive over the past 24 hours, raising Malaysia’s tally to 2,067,327.

The seven states with 4-figure new cases are Sarawak (3,480), Selangor (2,646), Johor (2,334), Perak (1,596), Sabah (1,533), Penang (1,462) and Kedah (1.173).

Triple digits were recorded in Kelantan (869), Pahang (832), Terengganu (719), Kuala Lumpur (366), Melaka (287) and Negeri Sembilan (198). Fewest new cases were reported in Labuan (1), Putrajaya (31) and Perlis (41).

All three import cases are Malaysians, local transmissions were made up of 15,438 citizens (87.8%) and 2,136 foreigners. Of this total, 244  patients (1.4%) needed hospitalisation as the rest were either asymptomatic or had mild symptoms.

The 22,970 discharges brought total recoveries to 1,823,248 (88.2%) but the number of active cases had risen by 1,530 to 227,120 patients – with 189,657 (83.5%) in home quarantine, 24,296 (10.7%) at Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centres and 11,933 (5.3%) hospitalised.

The number of Covid-19 positive patients fell below 900 for the first time in months to 891 (plus another 332 suspected) while 410 Covid-19 patients needed breathing aids (plus another 310 suspected).

There were two high-risk groups in Johor (Jalan Mas Kulai and Jalan Susur Kulai Satu) among the 19 new clusters identified today, together with six community clusters in Kelantan (Dah Kampung Permatang Bandar Baharu, Jalan Merpati Guru Kota Bharu and Kampung Padang Kemachi Kota Bharu), Pahang (Kampung Sungai Koi Jerantut and Taman Selinsing Lipis) and Sarawak (Sungai Pana Beluru).

The 11 workplace clusters were in Johor (Industri PLO 80 Kulai and Jalan Perindustrian Bakri Muar), Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Dwitasik Cheras), Melaka (Industri Jalan Usaha Tiga), Pahang (Industri Kechau Tui Lipis), Perak ( Industri Jalan Logam Empat Larut, Jalan Simpang Pulai Cameron Kinta, Pasar Sungai Siput Kuala Kangsar and Taman Industri Pelabuhan 2 Manjung) and Selangor (Industri Anggerik Mokara 48 and Tapak Bina Jalan Langat Bestari – both in Klang).

The number of active clusters fell below 1,400 to 1,387 out of 5,247 identified todate, contributing 1,554 of today’s new Covid-19 cases, close contact screening made up another 9,537 cases and 6,483 came from other screenings.