Malaysia logs 14,944 new Covid-19 cases, 31 deaths

Malaysia recorded 14,944 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total number of infections to 4,307,529. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 — The Health Ministry recorded 14,944 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total number of infections detected in the country since the pandemic started to 4,307,529.

In a statement today, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also stated that there were 31 deaths recorded yesterday, including six people who died before being brought into hospital.

Cumulatively, 35,259 have died in Malaysia due to the novel coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

Of the new cases, 104 were imported, comprising 82 Malaysians and 22 non-Malaysians coming in from overseas.

Dr Noor Hisham said 0.44 per cent (66 cases) were in Categories 3, 4 and 5; which denotes the patients have developed a lung infection or worse.

The remaining 99.56 per cent (14,878) cases were in Categories 1 and 2 — meaning they are asymptomatic, or that they have less serious symptoms.

Half of the people in categories 3, 4 and 5 were aged above 60, while 48.48 per cent had comorbidities.

There were 206 people in intensive care unit (ICU) beds dedicated to fighting Covid-19 nationwide, counting both 79 who were confirmed and 127 who were suspected to be infected.

Of these ICU patients, 109 required ventilator assistance.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that 14,405 patients were recorded as having recovered from the disease yesterday.

The number of active cases was 158,439 — an increase from the 157,572 active cases logged yesterday,

The country’s Covid-19 recovery rate was at 95.5 per cent, while the national average infectivity rate or Rt was at 0.84.

Among states and federal territories, only Selangor had an Rt above the national average at 0.96.

Regarding states that were using more than or equal to 50 per cent of their dedicated Covid-19 beds, again only Selangor was on the list with 56 per cent of ICU and 50 per cent of non-ICU beds used.

There are currently no states that are using more than or equal to 50 per cent of their available quarantine centre beds.

Source: https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2022/04/09/malaysia-logs-14944-new-covid-19-cases-31-deaths/2052513

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