Post-MCO day 13: Only 2 new Covid-19 clusters & 5,828 cases

PUTRAJAYA, 23 Oct 2021:

After showing signs of rising infectivity over the past two days, the last 24 hours has again seen an improvement in Malaysia’s Covid-19 situation as only two new clusters were confirmed while 5,828 testing positive has raised the nation’s tally to 2,426,050 infections.

Selangor once again recorded over 1,000 new cases with 1,039 people testing positive, followed by Sabah (592), Sarawak (587), Kelantan (544), Johor (503), Perak (411), Terengganu (398), Kedah (345), Penang (338), Pahang (335), Kuala Lumpur (252), Melaka (223) and Negeri Sembilan (199), Fewest new cases were charted in Labuan (3), Putrajaya (20) and Perlis (39).

There were five Malaysians among the seven imported cases, local transmissions were made up of 5,564 citizens (95.6%) and 257 foreigners). Of this total, 97 persons (1.7%) had to be hospitalised.

The 9,178 discharges brought total recoveries to 2,320,391 (95.6%) as active cases further fell by 1,078 to 80,697 – with 62,387 (77.3%) in home quarantine and 11,306 (14%) at Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centres, though there was a slight increase of almost 200 patients hospitalised at 6,361 (7.9%).

Numbers remain steady at intensive care units with 533 confirmed Covid-19 patients (plus another 87 suspected) and among those needing breathing aids with 229 confirmed Covid-19 patients (plus another 68 suspected).

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added another 78 confirmed fatalities to raise the death toll to 28,312 – with 17 more brought-in-dead cases bringing this subtally to 5,718 deaths.

The two new clusters are both workplace related in Johor (Jalan Sentol Kluang) and Sabah (Blok 03 Kinabatangan) as active clusters further fell to 557 out of 5,719 identified todate.