96 brought in dead as Covid surges nationwide

MALAYSIA reported 96 cases of brought-in-dead (BID) due to Covid-19 today, a record high for such a classification out of 277 total number of deaths in the last 24 hours.

The previous daily record of BID classified under Covid-19 death was yesterday with 93 cases.

65 out of the new 96 BID cases involved Malaysians while the remainder were foreign nationals, according to the Health Ministry (MoH).

The country’s daily Covid-19 cases have stayed above the 21,000 marks for the past two days, with 21,468 new cases recorded for today. 

Cumulative active cases now stood at 1.36 million, Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

Meanwhile, 1,075 patients are being treated in the intensive care unit and 537 individuals required breathing assistance.

“In total, only 2,703 cases or 12.6% of the total cases reported have completed their vaccination,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a press conference today, adding that the remaining 18,765 of the total cases have not completed their vaccination.

He said a total of 670 cases (3.1%) were from Category 3, 4, and 5, while another 20,798 cases (96.9%) were from Category 1 and 2.

Infections in Selangor continued to remain high with 7,449, followed by Kuala Lumpur (2,183), Kedah (1,807), Sabah (1,654), Johor (1,485), and Penang (1,316).

Meanwhile, Kelantan recorded 1,088 cases, Negeri Sembilan (974), Perak (940), Melaka (723), Sarawak (715), Pahang (572), Terengganu (440), Putrajaya (66), Perlis (50) and Labuan (6).

On the security front, Senior Foreign Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will be enforced and extended in several localities in Sabah from Aug 15 until Aug 28, 2021.

Meanwhile, EMCO in several areas in Sabah and Pahang will end today by Aug 14 as scheduled.

As of Aug 12, the task force teams comprising 18,425 personnel conducted 82,158 inspections and Covid-19 snap checks in compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) nationwide.

“A total of 48 premises were instructed to close immediately due to failure to comply with the SOPs,” Hishammuddin said

Also speaking at the press conference, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said MoH through the Medical Device Authority Malaysia has approved a total of 11 Covid-19 self-test kits.

“Seven of those self-test kits are saliva samples, while the remaining four are nasal swabs, which can be purchased at public and private facilities,” Dr Adham said.

He said the results of the self-test kits must be reported through the MySejahtera app in order for MoH to monitor the situation and take appropriate action.

By : ANIS HAZIM – TMR

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