Malaysia records 10,710 new cases today, breaches 10,000 daily case mark for six days straight

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah speaking at a special media conference in Putrajaya, July 13, 2021. — Bernama pic
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah speaking at a special media conference in Putrajaya, July 13, 2021. — Bernama pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 — Malaysia recorded 10,710 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, breaching the 10,000 daily Covid-19 cases mark for six consecutive days since July 13.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah revealed today that Selangor recorded 4,828 cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur (945), Johor (808), Negri Sembilan (771), Kedah (696), Sabah (666), Perak (407) and Pahang (369), to name a few.

Two other states recorded a two-digit increase, namely Putrajaya (51) and Labuan (50), while Perlis only recorded five new cases.

This is also the first time Malaysia has recorded daily Covid-19 cases in the range of 10,000 cases — the lowest since July 13.

Following today’s figure, Malaysia’s cumulative Covid-19 cases now stood at 916,561 cases.

Malaysia also saw its daily Covid-19 death tally rising to a new record high at 153. It surpassed the previous record of 138 Covid-19 fatalities in a single day on July 17.

Dr Noor Hisham also disclosed that asymptomatic and mild symptomatic cases made up the majority of infections recorded at 97.9 per cent.

Out of the 10,710 recorded, 6,317 were from Category 1 (asymptomatic) and 4,162 were from Category 2 (mild symptoms).

Despite Category 4 and 5 (requiring breathing aid and ventilators) collectively making up 140 patients or 1.3 per cent of overall cases, Dr Noor Hisham said the average treatment period in the Intensive Care Unit was 14 days and 21 days respectively.

“This clearly puts a heavy burden and reduces the capacities of public hospitals,” he said.

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