Covid-19: Record 360 deaths in a day

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A total of 360 people have died from Covid-19 in a single day.


The vast majority of the deaths were in Selangor with 221 dead.

This is the first time the country’s Covid-19 daily fatalities breached the 300-mark.

The fatalities are a significant jump from the previous record of 257 Covid-19 deaths in a day, set just four days ago on August 4.

A total of 1,723 people have died from Covid-19 this month so far.

The 360 fatalities today put the death toll at 10,749.

The Health Ministry also reported 18,688 new Covid-19 cases amid records set in Sabah and Kedah.

The two states are at the bottom in terms of the single-dose vaccination rate at 37.8 percent and 43.4 percent respectively.

As of last night, the estimated daily R-naught for the country was 1.08. An R-naught of 1.00 and above suggests that the spread of Covid-19 was accelerating.

Apart from Labuan, nowhere else in the country has an R-naught of less than 1.00. The R-naught is the highest in Kelantan (1.25) and Perlis (1.45).

A total of 17,055 Covid-19 patients recovered today but they were still outpaced by new infections, contributing to a rise in active cases.

The cumulative cases now stand at 1,262,540, while the number of active cases is 225,393.

Admissions in the intensive care unit also remained high with 1,095 patients, of whom 571 are on respiratory support.