Education Sector Makes Up Over Half of Active Covid-19 Clusters

KUALA LUMPUR: The education sector recorded the highest number of active Covid-19 clusters in Malaysia, according to the Health Ministry’s CovidNow portal.

Of the 301 active clusters, it represents the majority at 169, followed by workplace (73), community (22) and high-risk groups (16). Other clusters are from religious groups, import cases and detention centres.

The portal, last updated at 7.32am, also showed an upward trend of new Covid-19 hospital admissions in the past week (seven-day average).

Malaysia recorded a spike in hospital admissions based on a seven-day average from 869 cases on Jan 17 to 922 on Jan 30 (hospital bed utilisation currently at 59.2 per cent).

Several states showed an upward trend in hospital admissions including Kuala Lumpur (from 44 cases on Jan 17 to 76 on Jan 30), Sarawak (from 49 to 54 admissions), Penang (from 13 to 15 cases).

There were 266 hospital admissions in the Klang Valley with hospital bed utilisation rates of 48.9 per cent.

Selangor recorded the highest number of daily admissions at 207 (bed utilisation now at 53.3 per cent), while Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya registered 48 and 11 admissions, respectively.

Other states that reported new hospital admissions were Johor (198), Kedah (32), Kelantan (59), Melaka (19), Negri Sembilan (56), Pahang (24), Perak (28), Perlis (13), Penang (20), Sabah (107), Sarawak (72) and Terengganu (seven). There was no new hospital admissions in Labuan yesterday.

There are currently 53,248 active Covid-19 cases in the country.

Of the total, 45,883 cases or 86.2 per cent are placed under home quarantine, 4,247 patients (eight per cent) at Integrated Quarantine and Treatment Centres; and 2,998 others (5.6 per cent are hospitalised.

There are currently 65 ventilated Covid-19 patients at ICUs, while 55 other ICU patients did not require ventilator support.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll stands at 31,965 with eight more fatalities recorded yesterday.

Of the new deaths, one brought-in-dead (BID) case was recorded, with the tally at 6,442.

On vaccination rates, 99.1 per cent of the adult population nationwide have received two doses, with 99.1 per cent having received at least one dose.

To date, 2,773,734 adolescents (88.6 per cent) aged between 12 and 17 have received two vaccine doses and 91.1 per cent have received at least one dose.

Of the total population, 25,712,141 individuals (78.7 per cent) received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and 26,068,902 people received at least one dose (78.9 per cent).

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