KUALA LUMPUR (June 13): Malaysia recorded a 0.4% increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases for the 23rd epidemiological week (ME 23) from June 5 to 11 to 11,096 infections, compared with 11,052 cases reported for the previous week.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the cumulative number of Covid-19 infections in the country stood at 4,524,727.

He said average daily active cases for ME 23 were a 5.5% drop to 22,013 infections.

“The average infectivity rate (Rt value) showed a 5.5% increase to 0.96, compared with 0.91 reported for the previous week,” he said in a statement on Monday (June 13).

He said the number of recovered cases in ME 23 also dropped by 21.7% (from 13,797 to 10,806), bringing cumulative recoveries to 4,466,305.

Dr Noor Hisham said the number of deaths in ME 23 was a 3.8% drop with 25 cases from 26 in the previous week, bringing cumulative fatalities due to Covid-19 to 35,711 in the nation.

Meanwhile, he said admissions of Covid-19 patients into health facilities, namely public hospitals and Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs), per 100,000 population decreased by 10% for the ME.

“However, the number of Covid-19 patient admissions into public hospitals per 100,000 population increased by 20%. The number of cases requiring breathing assistance decreased by 20%.

“Overall, bed occupancy at PKRCs increased by 200% and non-critical bed occupancy also increased by 8%, while the use of intensive care unit (ICU) beds dropped by 17%,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said Covid-19 positive cases monitored by Covid-19 assessment centres (CACs) nationwide also dropped with patient arrivals at CACs down by 8.7% and the number of new Covid-19 patients undergoing home monitoring dropping by 0.5%.

However, the number of Covid-19 cases referred by CACs to PKRCs or hospitals increased by 51.9%, he added.

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