COVID-19 | The Health Ministry’s Github data repository reported a total of 63 Covid-19 fatalities yesterday (Nov 22), bringing the cumulative death toll to 30,063.
Malaysia has the highest number of deaths per capita in the Asean and East Asian regions with 913 deaths per one million population, and fourth-worst in Asia after Iran, Lebanon and Jordan – all in the Middle East.
From the newly reported deaths yesterday, 20.6 percent or 13 died before they could receive treatment at a hospital.
Selangor recorded the highest number of new deaths at 14, making up 22.2 percent of the newly reported fatalities.
The remaining deaths were in Johor (11), Sabah (9), Perak (7), Terengganu (7), Kedah (4), Kuala Lumpur (4), Kelantan (2), Sarawak (2), Malacca (1), Negeri Sembilan (1) and Pahang (1).
No new deaths were reported in Perlis, Penang, Labuan and Putrajaya.
A total of 55 out of the 63 reported deaths, or 87.3 percent, occurred in the last seven days.
The remaining deaths occurred more than a week ago but were only recorded yesterday due to delays in data reporting.
An average of 57 Covid-19 deaths was reported daily in the last 30 days, compared to the seven-day average of 48, indicating a downtrend.
To date, 1,250 Covid-19 deaths have been reported this month.
A total of 2,704 Covid-19 deaths were reported in October, 9,678 in September, 7,642 in August and 3,858 in July.
As of yesterday, there were 67,986 active Covid-19 cases. This is an increase of 3.1 percent from the 65,958 active infections a week ago.
Compared to 30 days ago, the number of active cases has fallen by 12.1 percent from 77,307.
The Health Ministry’s post-midnight update also provided further insights into the new Covid-19 infections yesterday.
From the 4,885 new cases yesterday, a total of 228 of them could be traced to ongoing Covid-19 clusters.
From the cluster-linked cases, 167 (73.2 percent) were from workplaces while 42 (18.4 percent) were from educational institutions.
Another 14 (6.1 percent) were from clusters linked to community transmissions.
The remaining cases were traced to clusters related to detention centres (3-1.3 percent) and high-risk groups such as old folks homes (2-0.9 percent).