Covid-19 cases in Malaysia top one million with record high 17,045 new infections today

Health workers collect swab samples to test for Covid-19 at Dewan MBPJ in Petaling Jaya February 6, 2021. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Health workers collect swab samples to test for Covid-19 at Dewan MBPJ in Petaling Jaya February 6, 2021. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — The number of Covid-19 cases recorded in Malaysia has passed the one million mark as the country registered a whopping 17,045 new cases today, breaking yesterday’s record of 15,902.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that today’s 17,045 new Covid-19 cases bring Malaysia’s cumulative total to 1,013,438.

“Selangor registered 8,500 new cases today, while Kuala Lumpur and Kedah remain the second and third highest cases recorded per state with 2,045 and 1,216 cases respectively,” he said.

The new cases for the other states, in descending order are: Johor (950), Sabah (818), Perak (609), Penang (573), Negri Sembilan (513), Pahang (424), Sarawak (407), Melaka (370), Terengganu (273), Kelantan (266), Putrajaya (50), Labuan (21) and Perlis (10).

This brings the current total number of active cases in the country to 160,903.

Dr Noor Hisham added that Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Kedah today also recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases in each respective state since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Of the 17,045 new cases recorded today, only six were imported into the country from overseas while the remaining were transmitted locally,” he said.

In a statement, the Health Ministry said 92 people died from Covid-19 today, bringing the total number of deaths from the disease to 7,994.

According to the ministry, 970 Covid-19 patients are in critical care at this point, with 501 needing to be intubated.

As of yesterday, Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia’s infectivity rate is at 1.11, with Terengganu having the highest infectivity rate per state, at 1.36.

“All states recorded infectivity rates above 1.0 except for Labuan and Perlis,” he said.

On a positive note, Dr Noor Hisham shared that 9,683 people have recovered from Covid-19 today, bringing the total number of recoveries to 844,541 or 83.33 per cent.

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