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Selvax health workers showing the syringe containing Covid-19 vaccine before administering it to recipients at the Selangor Vaccination Programme (Selvax) mobile unit at Dewan Kompleks Sukan Pandamaran, Klang, on September 26, 2021. — Picture by HAFIZ OTHMAN/SELANGORKINI

New Covid-19 cases drop almost five per cent

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 — The number of new Covid-19 cases recorded in Malaysia in Epidemiological Week 38 (ME 38/2022) from September 18 to September 24 dropped 4.9 per cent to 12,963 cases from 13,627 in ME 37/2022 from September 11 to September 17.

“The number of daily active cases for ME 38/2022 was 25,325, a four per cent drop from the previous week,” Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement today.

He said local cases in ME 38/2022 dropped 4.8 per cent to 12,934 cases from 13,585 in ME 37/2022.

Imported Covid-19 cases in ME 38/2022 also dropped 31 per cent to 29 cases from 42 in ME 37/2022, he added.

He said recoveries in ME 38/2022 dropped 5.8 per cent to 13,677 cases from 14,513 in ME 37/2022.

“The number of deaths in ME 38/2022 increased by 29 per cent (from 31 cases to 40),” Dr Noor Hisham said.

He added the admission rate of Covid-19 patients to public hospitals per 100,000 population for all categories was lower in ME 38/2022 compared to ME 37/2022.

“The number of categories one and two patients dropped 7.1 per cent while categories three, four and five fell 11.5 per cent,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

However, Covid-19-positive cases monitored by Covid-19 Assessment Centres (CAC) throughout the country showed an increase in new cases undergoing home surveillance.

Based on a comparison of physical CAC data reported in ME 37/2022 and ME 38/2022, the number of patient visits to CAC dropped by 0.5 per cent.

“The number of new Covid-19 cases undergoing home surveillance increased 102 per cent and the number of Covid-19 cases referred by CAC to hospitals was the same as in ME 37/2022,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said from January 25, 2020, to September 24 this year, cumulative new Covid-19 cases in the country totalled 4,830,214.

During the same period, cumulative cases for recoveries from Covid-19 totalled 4,768,604, cumulative fatal cases numbered 36,348, and the cumulative number of clusters was 7,079, with 14 clusters still active.

— Bernama

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