KUALA LUMPUR, July 20 — The number of new Covid-19 cases in the country in the last 24 hours has risen again, with 12,366 cases reported today, said Health director-general, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
The new development brings the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia to 939,899.
Selangor continued to record the highest number of new cases with 5,524, followed by Kuala Lumpur (1,580), Negeri Sembilan (970), Johor (793), Kedah (701) Sabah (657) and Penang (460).
Sarawak recorded 351 cases, Melaka (309), Perak (295), Pahang (288), Terengganu (190), Kelantan (179), Putrajaya (50), Labuan (17) and Perlis with two cases.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham in a statement today informed that 924 patients were being treated in the intensive care unit, with 448 requiring respiratory support.
With 7,567 recoveries in the last 24 hours, he said there were now 133,703 active cases in the country.
He said of the 93 deaths reported today, 31 involved cases in Selangor, Johor (16), Melaka (9), Kedah (8), Pahang (7), and five cases each in Penang, Negeri Sembilan and Perak. The death toll now stands at 7,241.
According to him, the Ministry of Health (MOH) also detected 18 new clusters, 13 of which are workplace related, two each involving the community and high-risk groups, and one at a detention centre.
He also shared that the average R-naught (Rt) or infectivity rate of the disease in Malaysia yesterday was 1.14, with Terengganu recording the highest value of 1.30, followed by Kedah (1.24), Sabah (1.23), Putrajaya (1.22), Penang (1.20) .
Other states that also recorded an Rt above 1.0 were Johor (1.18), Negeri Sembilan (1.17), Pahang (1.16), Selangor (1.15), Melaka (1.14), Kuala Lumpur (1.10), Perak (1.10) and Kelantan (1.09).