Covid-19: 27,004 new infections today, 86 deaths | Malay Mail

Malaysia records another 27,004 new Covid-19 infections. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 ― Malaysia logged another 27,004 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, a slight reduction of 1,294 cases from yesterday’s 28,298.

This brings the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country ever closer to the four million mark, at 3,927,437.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham said that another 86 deaths were also recorded, including 35 that died before they could reach medical assistance.

Of today’s 27,004 new cases, only 0.74 per cent or 199 cases are in category 3, 4 and 5 ― which require hospitalisation, while the remainder are in category 1 and 2.

Dr Noor Hisham noted that there are 373 patients currently being treated in intensive care units (ICU) nationwide, with 152 of them confirmed positive for Covid-19, while the remaining are either suspected, probable or under investigation for Covid-19.

Of that number, 225 patients require ventilators to help them breathe, which includes 97 confirmed positive cases.

On the brighter side, Dr Noor Hisham said that 29,450 people have recovered from the deadly disease today, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country to 3,596,453.

As of today, the national rate of infection currently stands at 0.95, with Sarawak holding the top spot for highest infectivity rate by state, at 1.13.

On ICU bed usages by state, eight states or federal territories are using more than 50 per cent of the capacity, which are Perlis (73 per cent), Kuala Lumpur (70 per cent), Putrajaya (67 per cent), Kelantan (63 per cent), Johor (60 per cent), Selangor (56 per cent), Sarawak (52 per cent) and Perak (51 per cent).

As for non-ICU beds, 13 states have recorded more than 50 per cent usage.

They are Selangor (95 per cent), Kuala Lumpur (92 per cent), Putrajaya (83 per cent), Perlis (79 per cent), Perak (79 per cent), Terengganu (78 per cent), Sarawak (70 per cent), Melaka (68 per cent), Negri Sembilan (62 per cent), Kelantan (60 per cent), Johor (55 per cent), Pahang (54 per cent) and Penang (52 per cent).

As for Covid-19 quarantine centres, all states are currently using less than 50 per cent of the beds available.

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