Malaysia's new Covid-19 cases rise to 8,817 on Oct 5 as infections in Selangor jump 96%

A view of Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Sam Fong/The Edge filepix)

A view of Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Sam Fong/The Edge filepix)

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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 5): Malaysia’s new Covid-19 cases rose to 8,817 on Tuesday, up 9.19% from 8,075 a day earlier.

This is the third consecutive day that daily infections stayed below the 10,000 mark.

“8,817 cases from 170,933 tests. 5.16% positivity rate. Let’s pray this trend continues as we focus on symptomatic testing and quick self-isolation,” said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin in a tweet.

Only 182 cases or 2.1% of the Covid-19 patients were serious cases under Categories 3, 4 and 5. A total of 8,635 cases or 97.9% involved those with no symptoms or mild symptoms (Categories 1 and 2).

Sarawak, the worst hit-state, saw its new cases rise 14.47% to 1,361, compared with 1,189 the day before.

Daily infections in Selangor returned to four digits, climbing 96.5% to 1,348 from 686 on Monday (Oct 4). Cumulatively, the country's most populous state now has 683,652 cases.

Other states with a high number of daily infections included Kelantan (1,063), Johor (886) and Sabah (805), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement.

Meanwhile, daily recoveries continued outpacing daily infections, with 15,615 patients discharged on Tuesday. This brought the total recoveries so far to 2,131,636 or 92.9% of overall infections, which now stand at 2,294,457.

The number of patients now in intensive care units stood at 851. A total of 815 cases involved Covid-19 patients, while 36 cases were suspected, probable, and under investigation.

Meanwhile, those on ventilators numbered 395, with Covid-19 patients accounting for 332 of them, while 63 cases were suspected, probable, and under investigation.

14 new clusters detected

The Health Ministry reported 14 new Covid-19 clusters, bringing the number of active clusters in the country to 956.

Ten of the new clusters were workplace-related, two were community clusters, one involved high-risk groups, while the last one was an education cluster.

To date, the ministry has identified 5,536 clusters, with 4,580 having been declared ended.

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