KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 — The Health Ministry saw a dip in new infections today, recording 19,268 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours.
Selangor still has the most number of cases overall, but the numbers are declining. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted 3,567 new infections for the most developed state.
However, cases in five other states outside the central region appear to be maintaining a steady upward trajectory.
Sabah has 2,310 new cases, Johor (2,765), Kedah (2,084), and Sarawak (2,028) today.
The country’s cumulative Covid-19 cases stand at 1,725,357 at the moment.
As for other states, Penang recorded 1,780 cases, followed by Kelantan with 1,308 cases, Perak (1,144), Pahang (788), Kuala Lumpur (672), Terengganu (544), Melaka (395), Negri Sembilan (269), Perlis (71), Putrajaya (41), and Labuan (two).
Dr Noor Hisham said that 295 lives were lost to Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of fatalities to 16,382 since the pandemic began last year.
He added that 1,033 patients are currently being treated in intensive care units (ICU) for the virus.
Out of the total number of patients in critical condition, 476 cases require breathing assistance.
The national infectivity rate stands at Rt 1.01, with Sarawak topping the list at Rt 1.24. It was followed by Perlis at Rt 1.20 and Sabah at Rt 1.14.
Dr Noor Hisham also announced 36 new Covid-19 clusters. Seventeen were from workplaces, 14 from within the general community, two each in high-risk groups and education centres, along with one in a detention centre.
He added that the clusters with the highest increase in new cases today were the Tapak Bina Pinggiran Goh cluster (135 cases), the Sultan Zainal Abidin cluster (80 cases) and the Jalan Empat Temerloh cluster (72 cases).