The number of Covid-19 patients being treated in intensive care units (ICU) reached an all-time high of 902 today, breaching its previous record by 12 cases in just 24 hours, said director-general of health Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
Yesterday, 890 patients were warded in ICU. The number of cases has increased despite Malaysia reporting a drop in Covid-19 infections for the fifth straight day.
Those requiring respiratory support also rose to 447, the highest number since the onset of the pandemic.
Noor Hisham said 82 fatalities were reported as of noon today – a decline in the count for the third consecutive day – taking the Covid-19 death toll in the country to 3,460.
On a positive note, the country reported a record number of recoveries today, at 7,548, bringing its cumulative total to 534,357.
Covid-19 cases in Malaysia declined for the fifth consecutive day today as the country reported 5,271 fresh cases in the past 24 hours.
This is also the first time in 20 days that the daily figure has dipped below the 6,000 mark – the last being on May 18 with 4,865 cases recorded.
Dr Noor Hisham tweeted that Selangor continues to report most the cases by state with 1,374 infections, followed by Sarawak with 703 cases and Negri Sembilan with 571 cases.
Selangor also leads the overall case tally with 203,520 infections, followed by Sabah with 64,206 cases and Kuala Lumpur with 63,372 cases.
Malaysia’s caseload is now at 622,086.
All other states in the country reported fresh cases today, Perlis being the lowest, reporting one infection.
As of yesterday, a total of 3,574,376 doses of vaccine had been administered, an increase of 81,183 compared to the previous day.
Of the recipients, 2,444,075 received their first dose while 1,130,301 received both doses.