Post-MCO day 39: Recoveries lag new Covid-19 cases for 2nd day running

PUTRAJAYA, 18 Nov 2021: 

For the second day running, recoveries have been outpaced by new infections as 6,380 more people tested positive for Covid-19 to raise Malaysia’s tally to 2,569,533 cases.

Selangor continues to lead the state tally with 1,448 infections, followed by Kelantan (733), Johor (566), Sabah (541), Pahang (425), Kedah (409), Kuala Lumpur (399), Penang (327), Sarawak (311), Melaka (307), Perak (304), Terengganu (297), Negeri Sembilan (239), Putrajaya (35), Perlis (21) and Labuan (18).

There were 19 Malaysians among the 28 imported cases, local transmissions involved 6,089 citizens (95.9%) and 263 foreigners. Of this total, 98 persons (1.5%) needed hospitalisation.

Outpaced by new cases, the 5,760 discharges brought total recoveries to 2,472,283 (96.2%) as active cases shot up 1,477 to 66,793 – with 52,235 (78.2%) in home quarantine, 8,242 (12.3%) at Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centres and 5,780 (8.7%) hospitalised.

Numbers stayed steady at intensive care units with 452 confirmed Covid-19 patients (plus 89 more suspected) and among those needing breathing aids with 169 confirmed Covid-19 patients (plus another 94 suspected).

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added 68 more confirmed fatalities to bring the death toll to 29,837 – inclusive of another 12 brought-in-dead cases raising this subtotal to 6,036 casualties. The death toll confirmation is backlogged around a month due to testing priority given to healing the living.

With nine more new clusters identified today, the active number stands at 247 out of 5,867 identified todate.

In its daily report, the Health Ministry (MoH) said another 88 delta (B.1.617.2) variant infections had been identified as of today to bring the total of such cases to 3,658. MoH had earlier identified other variant infections with 14 alpha, 226 beta, three eta, four kappa and 13 theta cases.