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COVID-19 Has Claimed 36,003 Lives

07/08/2022 06:46 AM

By Melati Mohd Ariff

This is Bernama’s weekly roundup on COVID-19 and related matters in Malaysia and globally from July 30 to noon today.

In Malaysia, cases numbers have exceeded 4.69 million and globally, the virus has infected more than 586.5 million people and caused over 6.43 million deaths. Some 556.6 million patients have so far recovered from the virus.  

The COVID-19 pandemic, which is now in its third year, has affected 228 countries and territories.

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The COVID-19 pandemic which hit the nation over two years ago has to date claimed 36,003 lives with cumulative cases now standing at 4,697,213.

Active COVID-19 cases in Malaysia now stood at 47,534 and of the total, 96.6 per cent (45,928 cases) are now quarantined at home.

A total of 4,413 new daily cases have been reported yesterday (Aug 4) including imported cases.

During the week under review compiled by Bernama (July 30 to Aug 4), new daily cases breached the 5,000-mark on Aug 3 (5,330). The last time daily cases reached 5,000 was on July 20 with 5,685 infections.

Eight (8) COVID-19 fatalities were reported yesterday, bringing the total number of cases during the week to 47.


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According to data from COVIDNOW, Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH), as of 11.59 pm yesterday, out of 4,413 cases, two states reported four digit cases namely Kuala Lumpur (1,344) and Selangor (1,129). 

Seven (7) states with three digit cases are Perak (327),  Sabah (281), Negeri Sembilan (263), Penang (230), Melaka (159), Kedah (123) and Sarawak (107).

Two digit cases were reported in Johor (95), Kelantan (93), Putrajaya (90), Pahang (89), Terengganu (48), Perlis (21) and Labuan (14).

 

Below are new daily COVID-19 cases during the week compiled by Bernama from July 30 till Aug 4 :-

July 30 (4,271), July 31 (2,783), Aug 1 (3,213), Aug 2 (4,204), Aug 3 (5,330) and Aug 4 (4,413).

New daily COVID-19 cases during the week compiled by Bernama from July 23 to July 29 are:-

July 23 (4,816), July 24 (2,720), July 25 (3,300), July 26 (4,759), July 27 (4,503), July 28 (3,926) and July 29 (4,860).   

Singapore continues to record high new daily COVID-19 cases during the week based on Worldometer data below:-

July 30 (6,558), July 31 (5,106), Aug 1 (4,709), Aug 2  (10,230), Aug 3 (7,231) and Aug 4 (6,648).

 


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Meanwhile, 3,394 COVID-19 recovered cases were reported as of 11:59 pm yesterday, bringing the cumulative recovered cases to 4,613,676.

During the week compiled by Bernama, MOH has reported five (5) new clusters namely on July 31 (high risk with 1 case –Kinta/Perak); Aug 2 (workplace 1 case - Kuala Langat/Selangor  & education 1 case - Seremban/Negeri Sembilan), Aug 3 (education 1 case  - Kepong/Kuala Lumpur) and Aug 4 (workplace 1 case - Hulu Langat/Selangor).

Overall, a total of 7,043 clusters were detected since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the nation mover two years ago and as of yesterday, 20 clusters were still active.

With a cumulative figure of 4,454,113 cases, Malaysia now stood at the 26th spot in the list of 228 countries/territories hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ahead of Malaysia are Austria (4,770,516) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) with   4,772,813 cases.

According to Worldometer, of the list of 228 nations, Japan recorded the highest new daily cases at 231,597 followed by South Korea (107,849) and the United States (84,773).

Japan is now facing a seventh wave of COVID-19 caused by the highly transmissible BA.5 omicron sub-variant of the virus.

On COVID-19 fatalities, the US reported the highest number of COVID-19 fatalities with 1,057,805 cases.

MOH’s COVIDNOW data as of 11.59 pm yesterday showed 45,928 cases (96.6 per cent) were home quarantined out of 47,534 active cases reported.

A total of 23 (0.0 per cent) cases were at the COVID-19 Integrated Quarantine and Treatment Centre (PKRC); 1,531 cases (3.2 per cent) at hospitals; 20 cases (0.0 per cent) at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) without respiratory assistance (ABP) and 32 cases (0.1 per cent) at the ICU with ABP.

 

For the record, there are five categories of COVID-19 infections:-

According to MOH, Category 1 is for patients with no symptoms; Category 2 is for patients with mild symptoms; Category 3 is for patients with pneumonia; Category 4 is for patients who require supplemental oxygen; and Category 5 is for the critically ill and need to be on ventilator support at the ICU.

 

COVID-19 SCENARIO IN MALAYSIA


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Recovered cases:-

 July 30 (5,553), July 31 (4,482), Aug 1 (3,847), Aug 2 (4,582), Aug 3 (3,075) and Aug 4 (3,394).

* Cumulative recovered cases as of Aug 4 stood at 4,613,676.

Active cases with probable infections:-

July 30 (47,014), July 31 (45,306), Aug 1 (44,664), Aug 2  (44,278), Aug 3  (46,523) and Aug 4 (47,534).

 

The breakdown of new daily cases (4,413):-

*state-by-state as of 11:59 pm yesterday

*(imported cases)


Latest Status of COVID-19 in Malaysia. New Cases by States. Source: MOH

Four digit -  Kuala Lumpur 1,344 (+0) and Selangor 1,129 (+0).

Three digit - Perak 327 (+0), Sabah 281 (+0), Negeri Sembilan 263 (+0), Penang 230 (+0), Melaka 157 (+2), Kedah 123 (+0) and Sarawak 105 (+2).

Two digit - Johor 94 (+1), Kelantan 93 (+0), Putrajaya 90 (+0), Pahang 89 (+0), Terengganu 47 (+1), Perlis 21 (+0) and Labuan 14 (+0).

 

New record cases, imported cases, local transmission:

July 30  - New cases  4,271; Cumulative 4,677,270; Imported cases 3;

July 31 – New cases  2,783; Cumulative cases 4,680,053; Imported cases 3;

Aug 1  - New cases  3,213; Cumulative cases 4,683,266; Imported cases 11;

Aug 2 -  New cases  4,204; Cumulative cases 4,687,470; Imported cases 3;

Aug 3  - New cases  5,330; Cumulative cases  4,692,800; Imported cases 13;

Aug 4  - New cases  4,413; Cumulative cases 4,697,213; Imported cases 6.

 

Breakdown of new clusters is as follows:-


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July 30no cluster.

July 30 - 1 (high risk 1).

• Jalan Matahari Ipoh (Kinta, Perak) cluster – 16 cases.

Aug 1  - no cluster.

Aug 2  2 (workplace; education 1).

• Persiaran Mahkota 2 construction site /workplace cluster (Kuala Langat, Selangor)  - 22 cases

• Lorong Ilmu 2/education cluster (Seremban, Negeri Sembilan) - 34 cases     

Aug 3  -  1 (education 1)

• Lengkungan Duta (Kepong, WP Kuala Lumpur) cluster - 24 cases

Aug 4  - 1 (wokrplace 1)

• Industri Jalan Sungai 2 (Hulu Langat, Selangor) cluster - 10 cases.

Overall, MOH has detected 7,043 clusters since the COVID-19 struck the nation more than two years ago. As of yesterday (Aug4), 20 clusters were still active.

 

The daily breakdown in fatalities is as follows:-

 *BID = Brought-in-Dead are cases outside the hospital and those brought to the hospital's forensic department; positive COVID-19 cases after PT PCR tests conducted.

July 30  - 4 (BID 1), July 31  - 9 (BID 4 ), Aug 1 - 8 (BID 2 ),  Aug 2 - 8  (BID 2 ), Aug 3  - 10 (BID 1) and Aug 4 - 8 (BID 4).  

* As of yesterday, Malaysia’s COVID-19 death toll stood at 36,003 cases.

 

GLOBAL COVID-19 STATISTICS


Current Worldwide Statistics on COVID-19 and COVID-19 Case Summary in Malaysia. worldometers.info/coronavirus

According to Worldometer, COVID-19 cases globally to date stood at 586,567,684 cases compared to  580,830,153 cases during the previous week with 6,430,111 fatalities ( 6,417,570 previously). A total of 556,660,003 recovered cases were reported from 550,802,410 the previous week.

Some 228 countries are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and those in the top 10 of the list are the US, India, France, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom (UK), Italy, South Korea, Russia and Turkiye.

 

The breakdown of the top 10 nations  (+ new record daily cases) is as follows:-

 US 93,738,130 (+84,773)

India 44,103,598 (+16,561)

France 33,993,930 (+33,799)

Brazil 33,964,494 (+37,166)

Germany 31,119,199 (+no information)

UK 23,368,899 (+no information)

Italy 21,213,559 (+43,959)

South Korea 20,160,154 (+107,849)

Russia 18,653,867 (+17,126)

Turkiye 15,889,495 (+no information)

 

In Southeast Asia, besides Malaysia, other countries that have joined the list of 127 countries with over 100,000 COVID-19 cases are Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Brunei.  

 

Their cumulative COVID-19 cases (+new daily cases) are as follows:-

Vietnam in the 13th spot - 10,785,122(+no information)

Indonesia in the 20th spot - 6,229,315 (+6,527)

Malaysia in the 26th spot - 4,697,213 (+4,413)

Thailand in the 28th spot - 4,598,725 (+2,166)

Philippines in the 38th spot - 3,790,309 (+4,441)

Singapore in the 47th spot - 1,742,874 (+6,648)

Myanmar in the 83rd spot - 614,158 (+12)

Laos in the 112th spot - 211,537 (+96)

Brunei in the 113th spot - 211,132 (+715) 

Cambodia in the 125th spot - 136,937 (+29)

 

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 COVID-19 BACKGROUND

-- The World Health Organisation (WHO)’s China country office was informed of cases of pneumonia that were detected in Wuhan on Dec 31, 2019. On Jan 7, 2020 the Chinese authorities confirmed that the newly detected novel coronavirus can be transmitted from human to human.

-- Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-COV).

-- A study of the virus’ genetic sequence suggested similarities to that seen in snakes and bats. China health officials identified the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan as the source of the transmission of the coronavirus.

-- On Feb 11, 2020, WHO announced the official name of the virus, COVID-19, which is an acronym for coronavirus 2019 – CO stands for corona, VI for virus and D for disease.

-- On Jan 30, 2020, WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak as a global emergency and on March 11, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.

-- WHO has described the COVID-19 outbreak as much more dangerous than the A H1N1 Influenza, also known as Swine Flu.

-- Swine Flu, which occurred between January 2009 and August 2010, infected more than 1.6 million people and caused 18,449 fatalities. It was first detected in Mexico and later in the United States in March 2009.

-- COVID-19 was detected in Malaysia on Jan 25, 2020, when three Chinese citizens, who had entered Malaysia through Johore from Singapore on Jan 23, were tested positive for the disease.

-- New variants of the COVID-19 coronavirus have since emerged in the United Kingdom (identified as B117) in September 2020, South Africa (501Y.V2) in October 2020 and India (B.1.617), also in October 2020.

-- Cumulatively, Malaysia's COVID-19 cases have breached the one million mark as on July 25, with 1,013,438 cases. The first time daily cases reached the five-digit level was on July 13 with 11,079 cases.

-- WHO on Nov 26 designated a new variant of COVID-19, named Omicron, a variant of concern.  It was first detected in Gauteng Province, South Africa.

-- Scientists at the IHU have detected a new variant named B.1.640.2 at end-November last year, with 46 mutations on its spike protein and nicknamed it IHU.

-- Meanwhile, Israel has confirmed its first case of an individual infected with 'Flurona', a term coined to describe the condition of being infected with COVID-19 and the seasonal flu simultaneously. (Jan 2, 2022).

-- April 1, 2022 – Malaysia enters the transition to endemic phase of COVID-19 as an exit strategy that allows Malaysians to return to normalcy after almost two years of battling COVID-19.

-- May 1, 2022 – On April 27, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced the easing of several restrictions, which include the lifting of the requirement for check-ins on MySejahtera effective May 1.  

 

Translated by Salbiah Said

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