Covid-19: Recoveries outnumber new cases for third day running, 3,045 infections detected

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia recorded 3,045 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (Aug 16), bringing the total number of infections in the country to 4,735,547 since the pandemic began.

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The Health Ministry’s CovidNow portal also reported that 4,226 patients recovered from Covid-19 on Sunday, the third day in a row where recoveries outpaced new infections.

Since the pandemic began, 4,656,031 individuals have recovered from Covid-19 infections in the country, the portal added.

A total of 3,040 of Sunday’s new Covid-19 cases were local transmissions while there were five imported infections.

According to the CovidNow portal, there are currently 43,431 active Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, with 41,759 individuals, or 96.2%, observing home quarantine and 33, or 0.1%, being treated at quarantine and treatment centres throughout the country.

Some 3.6% of active Covid-19 cases, or 1,567 individuals, are currently seeking treatment at hospitals nationwide, while there are 72 patients, or 0.2% of active cases, currently being treated at intensive care units (ICU) throughout the country.

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Of Sunday’s ICU cases, 26 are unventilated, while 46 patients require ventilator support.

Malaysia’s overall ICU utilisation rate stood at 62.5% on Sunday, with Covid-19 cases accounting for 19.5% of the country’s ICU utilisation rate.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry’s GitHub data repository reported that there were five deaths due to Covid-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to 36,085 since the pandemic began.

Three of Sunday’s Covid-19 related deaths were reported in Kedah, while there was one death each reported in Perak and Johor.-The Star


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