News | Daily Covid-19 deaths on the decline

KUALA LUMPUR: Number of daily coronavirus related deaths continue to dip, with 109 fatalities recorded nationwide on Saturday.

This is the third consecutive day where daily Covid-19 deaths remained below 200. On Friday, Covid-19 claimed 121 lives.

The seven-day actual deaths average stood at 75.

According to the Health Ministry’s CovidNow portal, 33 of the 109 deaths were brought-in-dead (BID) cases.

To date, 26,565 individuals had succumbed to Covid-19, including 5,340 BID.

Labuan and Putrajaya had no new deaths, while Penang recorded the highest daily fatality at 18, followed by Sabah and Selangor with 13 each and 11 in Johor.

Perak logged 10 deaths, Sarawak and Terengganu had nine each, Kedah (eight), Kelantan (five), Pahang and Kuala Lumpur had four each, Perlis (three) and Melaka and Negri Sembilan recorded one death each.

Malaysia reported 4.7 deaths per 100,000 people in the past 14-days with Penang being the highests with 12.3 per 100,000 people, followed by Perlis (8.6) and Johor (7.7).

Yesterday, 10,915 new cases were recorded, taking the national toll to 2,263,616 while 15,396 recoveries were logged, bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,086,111.

Active cases are now at 155,823.

Of the total, 128,350 cases (82.4 per cent) are under home quarantine; 18,088 cases (11.6 per cent) are being treated at Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres; 8,495 cases (5.5 per cent) are hospitalised and the remaining 890 cases are warded at intensive care units (ICU) where 485 require ventilator support.

Currently, the ICU utilisation rate is at 65.8 per cent, hospital bed utilisation rate at 66.9 per cent and the ventilator utilisation rate is at 44.7 per cent.

Besides being the state with the highest number of deaths per 100,000 people, Penang also has the highest ICU utilisation rate at 91.7 per cent, followed by Putrajaya (85 per cent) and Perak (78.7 per cent).

In terms of hospital bed utilisation, Terengganu is the highest at 77.6 per cent, followed by Kelantan (76.6 per cent) and Johor (76.5 per cent).

On vaccinations, 72.7 per cent of the population (23,736,676 individuals) have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine including 62.8 per cent (20,511,444 individuals) who have been fully vaccinated.

CovidNow also stated that 27.4 per cent of the populations (8,920,724 individuals) are currently unvaccinated.

A total of 87.2 per cent of the adult population have been fully vaccinated while three per cent of the adolescents, aged between 12 and 17, have been fully vaccinated.

Since the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme rolled out in Feb 24, 44,145,505 doses had been administered.

Yesterday, 211,517 doses were administered nationwide where 89,695 individuals received their first dose while 121,822 received their second dose. – NST

by Teoh Pei Ying

credit photo: TheBusinessTimes

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