New daily Covid-19 cases dropped below 15,000 on April 2

Muslims performing mass prayer of Tarawih during the first eve of holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 2, 2022.

KUALA LUMPUR (April 3): The number of new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia dropped to 14,692 on Saturday, with 99.46% of them in categories one and two, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

These brought the cumulative figure to 4,234,087 cases since the outbreak about two years ago.

He said 8,557 cases or 58.24% of the latest infections were in category one and 6,056 cases or 41.22% were in category two.

“There are 27 cases in category three, 19 in category four, and 33 in category five,” he said in a statement on Sunday. Categories one and two are mild cases while category five is the most severe.

He said 261 cases were still receiving treatment in the intensive care units (ICUs), with 153 cases requiring ventilators.

A total of 663 cases were admitted to hospital on Saturday, with 285 cases of them in categories three to five and the rest in categories one and two, he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said 20,383 recoveries were reported on Saturday, bringing the cumulative figure for recovered cases to 3,997,786.

On the use of dedicated health facilities for Covid-19 cases, he said ICU bed occupancy in Kuala Lumpur was 67% while Selangor recorded 50% usage on Saturday.

“No states recorded usage of more than 50% for beds at low-risk Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centres.

“The number of Covid-19 patients requiring ventilators has dropped to 153, giving a 17% usage of ventilators,” he added.

The Covid-19 infectivity rate or Rt value in the country was 0.85, with Selangor still registering the highest at 1.06, while Kelantan and Sabah had the lowest rate at 0.68.

He said two new clusters were detected on Saturday, bringing the number of active clusters to 190.


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