PUTRAJAYA, 12 Oct 2021:
As the nation looks forward to Covid-19 being declared an endemic situation soon, with the lifting of cross-border travel restrictions effectively ending the 572-day Movement Control order (MCO) as of yesterday, another 7,276 persons tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours, raising Malaysia’s tally to 2,353,579 infections.
There are two Malaysians among the 10 imported cases, local transmissions were made up of 6,869 citizens (94.5%) and 397 foreigners. Of this total, 150 (2.1%) persons had to be hospitalised.
The 10,555 discharges brought total recoveries to 2,217,057 (94.2%) as active cases further fell by 4,217 to 112,379 – with 88,645 (78.9%) in home quarantine, 15,356 (13.7%) at Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centres and 7,622 (6.8%) hospitalised.
Reductions were seen at intensive care units with 683 confirmed Covid-19 patients (plus another 41 suspected) and among those needing breathing aids with 297 confirmed Covid-19 patients (plus another 101 suspected).
The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 chalked up another 93 fatalities to raise the death toll to 27,422 – inclusive of another 16 brought-in-dead to raise this sad total to 5,530 – plus more to be confirmed overall as testing backlog is currently at seven days.
Thus far, the deaths include 2,516 who had been fully vaccinated (9.2%), 5,962 partially vaccinated (21.7%) and 18,944 unvaccinated (69.1%).
There were two education clusters in Kuala Lumpur (Taman Danau Kota Titiwangsa) and Selangor (Jalan SP 10/1 Sepang) among the 14 identified today, together with a high-risk group in Perak ( Jalan Raja Chulan Sayong Kuala Kangsar).
The five community clusters are in Johor (Hang Tuah Tangkak, Jalan Mutiara Tiga Kulai and Jalan Punai Kulai), Sarawak (Air Awat-Awat Lawas) and Selangor (Bukit Baja Sepang).
The remainder six workplace clusters are in Johor (Kota Emas Pontian), Melaka (Jalan Pulau Sebang Alor Gajah), Pahang (Sawit Sungai Merbau Rompin), Penang (Jalan Alma and Jalan Seladang Bukit Mertajam – both in Perai) and Selangor (Industri Jalan Gangsa Kuala Langat).
There has been a sharp drop in active clusters to 783 out of 5,611 identified todate.