Malaysia has reported 20,596 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday (Aug 5), the Health Ministry confirmed.
This is the second day in a row of setting new daily case records.
To date, the country has a total of 1,203,706 cases.
Malaysia recorded 19,819 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (Aug 4), bringing the cumulative total to 1,183,110.
Selangor recorded the highest number of cases at 8,377, followed by Kuala Lumpur (2,467) and Kedah (1,371).
The number of Covid-19 patients being treated in intensive care units nationwide continues to climb, hitting a new record at 1,066 today, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.
Fatalities also remained high, at 195, bringing the cumulative death toll to 9,598.
“A total of 537 patients were in need of ventilators and 12,297 have recovered,” he said in a statement today.
Malaysia today received 415,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine contributed by the United Kingdom (UK), which will further boost the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).
The consignment was flown in via Emirates Airlines EK 346 which landed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here at 2.20 pm.
On hand to receive the vaccines were PICK Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Senior Foreign Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba and British High Commissioner to Malaysia Charles Hay.
Malaysia has another 17,105 new cases of Covid-19, the Health Ministry reports on Tuesday (August 3).
Cumulatively, the country has 1,163,291 Covid-19 cases to date.
Selangor remains the state with the highest number of cases with 5,836 new infections.
Malaysia witnessed its highest ever Covid-19 fatalities in a single day, with 219 deaths reported today.
This is the second time the country's Covid-19 death toll breached the 200-mark after 207 individuals succumbed to the coronavirus on July 26 this year.
Selangor accounted for the highest number of deaths (105), Kuala Lumpur (41), Johor (24), Malacca (nine), Pahang (eight), Negri Sembilan (seven) Kedah (six), Perak (six), Kelantan (four), Terengganu (four), Sabah (three), Labuan (one), Perlis (one).
The walk-in vaccination initiative for senior citizens will be expanded nationwide from next week, says Khairy Jamaluddin.
At the moment, it is only open to unvaccinated senior citizens in the Klang Valley, but will be rolled out in all states from next week, he added.
“We have achieved over 95% vaccination rate for senior citizens at the national level.
“So, the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) has decided to open the walk-in initiative to all senior citizens nationwide from next week,” he told the weekly CITF press conference on Monday (Aug 2).
Negotiations with Pfizer Incorporation have begun for Malaysia’s 2022 vaccine procurement, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today.
In the weekly Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) press conference, Khairy said that he would be making an announcement on the price of the vaccines from the American biopharmaceutical company, following reports that Pfizer and Moderna have raised their selling price for European nations.
The Financial Times (FT) reported that the new price for the Pfizer shot is now €19.50 (RM98) from €15.50 euros previously, citing parts of the contract it sighted.
The country recorded 15,764 new Covid-19 cases on Monday (Aug 2), bringing the cumulative total to 1,146,186 infections.
Health director-general tweeted that Selangor still topped the list with 6,067 cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur (1,536) and Johor (1,222). Sabah (1,166), Kedah (1,108), Negri Sembilan (862), Perak (748), Penang (667), Kelantan (552), Pahang (475), Melaka (463), Terengganu (425), Sarawak (411), Putrajaya (46), Perlis (nine) and Labuan (seven).
A total of 160 more Covid-19 related deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, a day after the expiration of the six-month period of Emergency.
A tweet by the Ministry of Health (MOH) revealed the new figures brought the cumulative death toll to 9,184 deaths, with a fatality rate of 0.81 per cent.
MOH’s tweet also revealed that there are 1,059 Covid-19 patients currently warded in intensive care units (ICUs) nationwide, with more than half, or 531 of them requiring breathing assistance.
Malaysia today reported 17,150 new Covid-19 infections, with the total number of confirmed infections now at 1,130,422.
Twenty localities in Dungun, Terengganu will come under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) for two weeks beginning Tuesday.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, in a statement today, said nine localities are in the Kuala Dungun sub-district while the remaining 11 are in the Sura sub-district, both under Dungun.
The nine localities in Kuala Dungun are Kubang Miang, Teratai, Teluk Lipat, Alor Tembesu, Sura Utara, Batu 48, Sura Gate, Bukit Chatak and Tembesu Akar.
The Health Ministry has recommended for all activities in Parliament House to be postponed over a two-week period from July 29.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this was based on a health risk assessment and to prevent transmission of Covid-19 in Parliament.
"The Health Ministry is suggesting that all meetings involving parliamentary select committees, special select committees and the briefing sessions that were planned in Parliament, as well as those involving individuals who were at Parliament from July 26 to 29, should be suspended temporarily for two weeks starting July 29.