COVID-19: Downward trend in active cases, ICU patients

THE number of active COVID-19 cases in the country has been on a downward trend in the past few days.

The Health Ministry today reported today that there are 17,544 active COVID-19 cases in the country, in which 147 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) with 61 requiring ventilator support.

In a statement today, Health Ministry’s director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also said that there were 1,647 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, a slight increase from yesterday.

According to the Health Ministry, out of the 1,647 new cases, 1,642 cases were local transmissions while the rest are imported infections. In addition, out of 1,642 locally transmitted cases, 67.1% or 1,102 of them were locals and 540 were foreigners.

Meanwhile, 2,104 people were recorded to have recovered from the infection.

Since the start of the pandemic, Malaysia has now seen 319,364 COVID-19 infections and 300,620 recoveries while recovery rate stood at 94.1%.

He also noted that nine people have succumbed to the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 1,200.

Selangor continues to record the highest number of cases with 712 infections, followed by Johor (170) and Pulau Pinang (169).

On a related matter, Noor Hisham announced that his ministry has detected five new clusters in the country while 14 clusters have ended today. – March 11, 2021

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