On 64th National Day, Malaysia sees 20,897 new Covid-19 infections

Healthcare workers collect swab samples to test for Covid-19 during a mass screening exercise in Taman Manggis, George Town August 12, 2021. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin
Healthcare workers collect swab samples to test for Covid-19 during a mass screening exercise in Taman Manggis, George Town August 12, 2021. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 -- The Health Ministry registered 20,897 new Covid-19 cases on Malaysia’s 64th National Day.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said infections in Selangor have breached the 600,000 mark with the latest addition of 4,371 cases.

This is followed by Sabah (2,594), Sarawak (2,285) and Johor (2,159), making them only four states that recorded cases above the 2,000 mark.

As for other states, Kedah recorded 1,942 cases, followed by Penang with 1,732 cases, Kelantan (1,479), Perak (1,204), Kuala Lumpur (1,003), Pahang (798), Terengganu (608), Melaka (417) and Negri Sembilan (215).

Two other states recorded a two-digit increase, namely Putrajaya (25) and Perlis (64), while Labuan only recorded one new case.

This also brings Malaysia’s cumulative Covid-19 cases to 1,746,254.

Malaysia also recorded 282 Covid-19 related fatalities over the last 24 hours.

These comprised 238 Malaysians and 44 non-Malaysians, of which a total of 98 people or 35 per cent were brought in dead.

Today’s figure meant that Malaysia’s cumulative Covid-19 death toll stood at 16,664.

The country also saw 464 out of the 1,005 cases admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICU) intubated in the same 24-hour period.

There are currently 267,863 active Covid-19 cases nationwide.

Dr Noor Hisham also disclosed that asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic cases made up the majority of infections recorded, at 98 per cent or 20,483 cases.

Out of the 20,897 recorded 8,339 were from Category 1 (asymptomatic) and 12,136 were from Category 2 (mild symptoms).

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) came to a total of 422 cases.

He also said 73.6 per cent of cases recorded had not completed their vaccination.

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