Covid-19: More than 98% of new cases mild, asymptomatic, says Health DG

PETALING JAYA: A total of 4,166, or 98.3% out of 5,097 Covid-19 cases recorded on Sunday (Nov 28) were in Category One and Two, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general added that the remaining 73 cases (1.7%) of the total Covid-19 daily cases were in Category Three, Four and Five.

Category One and Two refers to asymptomatic and mild symptoms cases respectively.

Meanwhile, Category Three cases experience pneumonia, while those in Category Four have pneumonia and require oxygen. Category Five patients are in a critical stage, requiring ventilator support.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that as of Sunday, there were 511 patients seeking treatment at intensive care units (ICU), of which 418 cases were confirmed Covid-19 cases, while the remaining were under investigation.

“Some 261 cases required ventilator support, with 173 confirmed Covid-19 cases, and 88 probable cases,” he added.

The number of recoveries stood at 5,007 bringing cumulative recoveries to 2,527,052 or 96.3%.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that the latest infectivity rate or Rt for the country was at 0.96, a slight dip from yesterday’s rate.

However, nine states and territories recorded an Rt of 1.0 or higher, with Labuan the most at 1.19.

This was followed by Kedah (1.05), Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, both at 1.02.

Sarawak recorded the lowest Rt at 0.77, the only state below the 0.9 mark.

The Rt value refers to the number of people that a person who has the coronavirus will infect.