Despite record high infections, Malaysia chalks only 92 Covid-19 deaths today

Workers in personal protective equipment bury the body of a Covid-19 victim at the Muslim cemetery in Section 21, Shah Alam, July 10, 2021. ― Picture by Hari Anggara
Workers in personal protective equipment bury the body of a Covid-19 victim at the Muslim cemetery in Section 21, Shah Alam, July 10, 2021. ― Picture by Hari Anggara

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — The Health Ministry recorded only 92 deaths from Covid-19 today, a huge drop compared to yesterday’s 184.

The decrease in mortality rate is also significant in comparison to the jump in new infections today that lifted the country well above the one million mark.

This brings the total number of deaths in the country from the deadly disease to 7,994, with the nationwide fatality rate maintaining at 0.79 per cent.

Selangor had the most Covid-19 deaths today at 27, followed by Johor with 23, Kuala Lumpur with 12 and Negri Sembilan with 11.

The other states recorded deaths in the single digits. Melaka had five deaths, Kedah (four), Pahang (three), Sabah and Sarawak had two each, while Perak, Terengganu and Labuan had one each.

In a statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there are 970 Covid-19 patients currently being treated in intensive care units (ICU) nationwide. Of these, 501 patients need ventilators.

Malaysia also recorded 17,045 new Covid-19 cases today but most of the new cases showed none to mild symptoms.

The Health Ministry said 9,123 or 53.5 per cent are in Category 1 (asymptomatic) and 7,489 or 43.9 per cent are in Category 2 (mild symptoms).

“Overall, 2.5 per cent of cases reported today were in Categories 3, 4 and 5 when newly diagnosed, of which 433 cases needed to be warded in hospitals for Covid-19, which is increasingly becoming overcrowded,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

Those in Category 5 comprised 187 patients or 1.1 per cent of today’s cases. Category 4 patients made up 124 or 0.7 per cent of cases while Category 3 patients totalled 122 or 0.7 per cent.

 

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