Covid-19: New cases still soaring, with 20,889 today

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Malaysia recorded a total 20,889 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

This is the second consecutive day daily Covid-19 new infections breached the 20,000 mark, bringing the cumulative total to 1,224,595.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor recorded the most number of cases at 8,792.

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Other states with four-digit cases are Kuala Lumpur with 2,483 followed by Johor (1,275), Kedah (1,371) and Sabah (1,291).

Negri Sembilan logged 986 cases followed by Kelantan (938), Penang (776), Sarawak (652), Perak (624), Pahang (610), Melaka (491), Terengganu (460) and Putrajaya (122)

Both Labuan and Perlis recorded nine new infections respectively.

Yesterday Malaysia recorded 20,596 new infections breaking the 20,000 mark for the first time.

Noor Hisham said the original strain, which caused the initial set of infections last year, had an infection rate of 2.5.

Comparatively, the Delta variant, which was first documented in India, had a much higher rate of infection, with one infected person being able to transmit the virus to as many as eight people.

He said the variant of concern has also been the dominant strain in the Covid-19 cases reported in the Klang Valley, which is now a virus hotbed.

Up to yesterday Malaysia had administered 514,674 vaccine doses as part of the national Covid-19 immunisation programme, Health Minister Dr Adham Baba said today.

Of yesterday’s figure, 220,839 were first doses, while 293,835 received their second dose, he said.

“The total administration of the Covid-19 vaccine as of yesterday was 23,161,255 doses,” Adham tweeted, citing data from the Covid-19 immunisation task force.

“In total, 15,162,424 people have received the first dose and 7,998,831 people received a second dose.”

The government aims to vaccinate the entire adult population by October.

Meanwhile, the country discharged 16,394 Covid-19 patients – also a new daily record.

To date, 993,020 people (81% of all cases) in Malaysia have recovered from Covid-19.

There were 160 more Covid-19 deaths, taking the death toll to 10,179.

Total active cases in the country rose to 221,396.

Of that, 1,096 are in intensive care units (ICU), with 545 on ventilator support.