PETALING JAYA: About 475 Covid-19 cases related to Delta and Beta variants were found across the country between September 13 and 25, according to the Ministry of Health.
Almost all (472) of the cases involved the Delta variant, while three included the Beta strain.
“Sarawak had most of these cases related to worrying variants (VOCs), recording 302 cases of Delta variants.
“It follows Selangor that recorded 54 Delta cases,” Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in his daily update of Covid-19 on Saturday (September 25th).
Two cases of the beta variant were detected in Sabah and one case in Penang.
“With the latest number, this brings to 1,860 the cumulative number of cases related to VOCs and variants of interest (VOI) in the country.
“Of the total, 1,840 are VOCs, while 20 involve YOU,” Dr. Noor Hisham said.
He said the Delta variant tops the list with the most cases (1,612), followed by Beta (214) and Alpha (14).
“For the VOI, 13 cases were related to Theta, four to Kappa and three to the Eta strain,” he added.
Sarawak also tops the list by the cumulative number of VOC and VOI-related cases, with 1,059 out of a total of 1,860 cases nationwide.
It is followed by Selangor (224), Johor (83), Penang (64), Sabah (63), Kedah (57), Kuala Lumpur (57) and Pahang (57).
Dr Noor Hisham said 12 new clusters were identified, while 4,187 clusters were completed.
“The current number of active clusters now stands at 1,214,” he added.
Of the total of 13,899 new Covid-19 infections recorded on Saturday, Dr. Noor Hisham said 98.5% were made up of asymptomatic patients or those with mild symptoms (first and second categories).
“Some 211 cases or 1.5% had more severe symptoms, specifically those in categories three through five,” he said.
A total of 1,071 cases are currently being treated in intensive care units, with 847 confirmed to have Covid-19, while 224 are investigated cases.
About 601 cases require fan support, with 359 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 242 cases under investigation.
All Malaysian states recorded an infectivity rate (Rt) of less than 1.0, except Pahang with a value of 1.01.
“Malaysia’s Rt value is 0.9 on September 24,” said Dr Noor Hisham, which was the same as on Friday (September 24).