Health Ministry: Malaysia would’ve seen nearly 5,000 new Covid-19 cases daily without mitigation, likely peak now over 1,000 with current rate

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia would have seen an upward trend of nearly 5,000 Covid-19 new cases daily by month’s end had the infectivity rate, or R-naught (R0), was not lowered from 2.2 to 1.5 in recent weeks, the Ministry of Health said today.In a special press briefing, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that public health efforts in the past two weeks have however successfully decreased the value from 2.2 recorded earlier this month to between 1.3 and 1.5 at present.

“We started with R0 of 2.2, and had we not taken public health actions then the case would have increased.

“Maybe over 1,000 cases, 2,000 cases, 3,000 cases up until October 31, maybe we would have gotten 5,000 cases,” he said.

R0 is a mathematical term that indicates how contagious and infectious a disease is.

He said infections were still present within the community in the past two weeks but at a plateaued rate as compared to an R0 of 2.2.

“Therefore, what we must do now is to further lower the R0 value to less than 1. This projected trajectory is important because it shows that we have still room to further control the current third wave situation,” he said.

Stressing the need to break the chain of infection, Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysians must help the country by staying at home as it was the most effective way to control the spread of Covid-19 in the community. MALAY MAIL

Covid-19 (Oct 18): Another record high with 871 new cases

The country today registered 871 new Covid-19 cases, marking yet another record high for the second consecutive day since the start of the pandemic in January, according to Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The country recorded 869 new cases yesterday. The new cases today bring the cumulative infections to date to 20,498.

Noor Hisham, speaking at a press conference in Putrajaya this evening, also reported seven deaths today.

The seven new deaths are as follows:

Case 12,984 (Death 182): 70-year-old in Sabah, died at Hospital Tawau. Had high blood pressure.

Case 13,706 (Death 183): 57-year-old in Sabah, died at Hospital Queen Elizabeth. Had high blood pressure.

Case 20,328 (Death 184): 55-year-old in Sabah, died at Hospital Duchess of Kent. Had high blood pressure.

Case 20,329 (Death 185): 41-year-old in Sabah, died at Hospital Tawau. No pre-existing conditions.

Case 17,779 (Death 186): 44-year-old in Sabah, died at Duchess of Kent Hospital. Had heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and dyslipidemia.

Case 20,401 (Death 187): 46-year-old in Selangor, died at an undisclosed hospital. Had no pre-existing conditions.

The number of Covid-19 patients undergoing treatment also crossed the 7,000 mark for the first time, now standing at 7,049 patients.

There are a total of 86 Covid-19 patients undergoing treatment in an intensive care unit (ICU) with 28 of which need a ventilator to breathe.

On the flip side, the country today also recorded 701 recoveries, the highest number of discharged in a day to date.

Of the 871 new cases today, 866 are locally transmitted while five were imported.

The breakdown of the new locally-transmitted cases today are as follows:

Sabah (702 new cases)

Kepayan Prison cluster (new): 49 cases

Existing clusters: 81 cases

Other screening sources: 572 cases

Selangor (72 new cases)

Auto cluster (new): 5 cases

Existing clusters: 32 cases

Other screening sources: 35 cases

Penang (45 new cases)

Alma cluster (new): 3 cases

Existing clusters: 40 cases

Other screening sources: 2 cases

Perak (10 new cases)

Existing clusters: 10 cases

Labuan (9 new cases)

Bah Layangan cluster (new): 1 case

Existing clusters: 6 cases

Other screening sources: 2 cases

Kedah (9 new cases)

Existing clusters: 8 cases

Other screening sources: 1 case

Kuala Lumpur (7 new cases)

Existing clusters: 4 cases

Other screening sources: 3 cases

Sarawak (5 new cases)

Existing clusters: 4 cases

Other screening sources: 1 case

Negeri Sembilan (3 new cases)

Existing clusters: 1 case

Other screening sources: 2 case

Terengganu (2 new cases)

Existing clusters: 2 cases

Johor (1 new case)

Existing clusters: 1 case

Malacca (1 new case)

Existing clusters: 1 case

The four new clusters today include the Alma cluster involving the districts of Seberang Perai Selatan and Seberang Perai Tengah in PenangAuto cluster involving the districts of Petaling, Kuala Langat and Klang in Selangor and Seremban in Negeri Sembilan.

The other two clusters are Kepayan Prison cluster in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and Bah Layangan cluster in Labuan.

Elaborating on the situation in Sabah which is the most severe, Noor Hisham said the state has recorded cumulative cases of 7,439 to date.

He added that a total of 251,030 people in the state have been screened. Sabah has a positive rate of 2.96 percent.  – MKINI