KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 — With less than a week to go before the state of Emergency is scheduled to expire on August 1, Malaysia recorded its highest daily new Covid-19 cases at 17,405.
In a Twitter post, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah revealed that Selangor recorded 7,171 cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur (2,880), Kedah (1,112), Sabah (913), Negri Sembilan (863), Penang (760), Kelantan (532) and Melaka (531), to name a few.
Two other states recorded a two-digit increase, namely Putrajaya (68) and Labuan (16), while Perlis only recorded three new cases.
Today’s figure broke the previous record high of 17,045 daily Covid-19 cases on July 25.
This also brings Malaysia’s cumulative Covid-19 cases to 1,061,476.
As of today, there were 175,113 active Covid-19 cases nationwide as well after 12,373 patients achieved full recoveries in the last 24 hours.
After breaking the 200-mark of Covid-19 fatalities for two days in a row, Malaysia also recorded a drop in deaths at 143 individuals in the last 24 hours. Today’s figure means that Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll stands at 8,551.
In a statement later, 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 17,405 recorded, 9,119 were from Category 1 (asymptomatic) and 7,912 were from Category 2 (mild symptoms).
Among Category 1 patients, 94.6 per cent did not have a history of vaccination while 81.2 per cent of patients were of the same circumstances under Category 2.
The remaining Category 3 (Covid-19 patients with pneumonia), Category 4 (those with pneumonia and in need of oxygen assistance) and Category 5 (patients in critical condition and needing breathing assistance) made up a total of 374 cases.
Those who did not have a history of vaccination among Category 3, Category 4 and Category 5 patients, accounted for, 70.8 per cent, 90.5 per cent and 96.9 per cent respectively.
However Dr Noor Hisham said the data was based on the current clinical circumstances of newly diagnosed Covid-19 cases as some may retain their status quo, worsen or improve to other categories.
He also said there were only 2,032 cases or 11.7 per cent from today’s figure with a history of vaccination.