INTERACTIVE: How Malaysia’s Fight Against Covid-19 Is Progressing (Updated Weekly)

Azriq Dhani Jeffri7 chats with medical workers before they collect a swab sample from him during Covid-19 screening at the MPAJ AU5 multipurpose hall in Taman Permata Ampang Jaya. June 272021  AZHAR MAHFOFThe Star

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Covid-19 outbreak continued to expand with new cases rising by 18% in the 7-day period from June 27 to July 3 compared with the week before:

* Fatalities went up by three percent compared with the previous week (June 20-26).

* Weekly recoveries fell by eight percent.

* The number of vaccine jabs dispensed rose slightly by 1.4%, reaching a weekly high of 263,012 daily jabs on July 1.

States and federal territories:

* Selangor recorded the highest weekly increase in cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur and Pahang.

* Sarawak, Kelantan and Labuan saw the biggest percentage drop in cases over the week.

Infectivity rate:

One of the things health authorities and experts measure is the infection’s reproduction number, called R0 (pronounced as “R naught”).

The R value refers to the number of people that a person who has the coronavirus will infect.

If the R value is 1 for example, it means that on average, one infected person will spread Covid-19 to one other individual.

An R value higher than 1 means that the number of cases will increase.

If the R value falls – especially below 1 – the disease will eventually stop spreading as not enough new people are being infected to sustain the outbreak.

Malaysia’s R value went up from early March but fell since May 23 to below 1 on June 6. It went up to 1 again on June 28 and has since been on an upward trend.

Vaccinations:

* As at 11.59pm July 3, 6,261,014 people or 19.2% of the country’s population have received their first dose.

* From this total, 2,539,686 (7.8% of the country’s population) have received their second dose.

* Perak had the biggest increase in the number of vaccine doses for the week, followed by Selangor and Negri Sembilan.

* Daily vaccinations hit new highs in Negri Sembilan (10,951 doses on July 1); Pahang (9,991 doses on June 30); Perak (19,341 doses on July 2); Penang (15,729 doses on July 2); Selangor (55,474 doses on June 30); Terengganu (8,172 doses on July 3) and Kuala Lumpur (49,876 doses on July 2).

* Sarawak recorded the highest daily vaccination recorded in a state or federal territory so far when it dispensed 61,177 doses on June 24.

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