Covid-19: Rise in new infections, drop in fatalities last week, says Health DG

According to the Health DG, the average infectivity rate showed a 1.9% drop compared to the previous week. (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

According to the Health DG, the average infectivity rate showed a 1.9% drop compared to the previous week. (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (June 27): The number of new Covid-19 infections in the country for the 25th epidemiology week (ME 25), which began from June 19 to 25, saw a 10.9% increase to 15,739 cases compared with 14,195 cases the week before.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said, however, the number of deaths showed a 38.1% drop, with 13 cases compared with 21 cases in the previous week.

“The number of recovered cases in ME 25 also showed a rise of 33.8%, namely from 10,524 to 14,078 cases,” he said in a statement on Monday (June 27).

Dr Noor Hisham said the admission of Covid-19 patients into health facilities (public hospitals and Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centres) per 100,000 population increased by 11% in ME 25 compared to the earlier week.

He said the number of Covid-19 patient admissions to public hospitals per 100,000 population increased by 28%.

“Category 1 and 2 patient admissions increased 14%, while Category 3, 4 and 5 admissions increased 45%,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said active cases being monitored by the virtual Covid-19 Assessment Centre increased 27.1% at the end of ME 25 from 27,247 cases to 34,639 cases.

He said the average infectivity rate showed a 1.9% drop compared to the previous week, adding that there were now eight active Covid-19 clusters in the country.