By S. Harrish
MALAYSIA reported 6,239 new Covid-19 cases and 75 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total number of infections now stands at 633,891.
There are 81,575 active cases with 905 patients in the ICU and 453 on ventilators.
Today’s reported deaths bring the number of fatalities to 3,611.
He said Selangor had the highest number of cases with 2,291, followed by Kuala Lumpur (704), Negeri Sembilan (507), Johor (468), Sarawak (419), Kelantan (340), Sabah (232), Pahang (232), Labuan (200), Penang (194), Perak (175), Terengganu (171), Malacca (150), Kedah (135), Putrajaya (17) and Perlis (4).
Sarawak’s total number of cases now stands at 53,000.
It also recorded three deaths bringing its death toll to 330. Two of the deaths were in Kapit while the other was in Sibu.
Dr Noor Hisham earlier today said the country’s daily Covid-19 testing rate was based on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) benchmark.
He said WHO had set an “adequate test rate” that for each positive case, there could be between 10 and 30 negative cases.
He added that the ministry faced the issue of slow input of negative cases data from private laboratories, especially on holidays, but positive cases were quickly reported.
Yesterday, Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii told the government to be more transparent with its Covid-19 testing rates.
He had said the ministry had failed to adjust numbers according to the number of test carried out, as testing had reduced over the past week.