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Trend shows decline in Rt value

Rokiah Mahmud

The trend on daily number of COVID-19 cases has shown a decline in the effective reproduction number (Rt) value from 0.95 in the past week to 0.66 as of yesterday, according to Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah.

The daily admission of Categories 4 and 5 patients remained low despite the record number of daily cases in the third wave being higher compared to the second wave, with 0.05 per cent of the cases in the third wave exhibiting severe COVID-19 symptoms.

The minister shared the latest epidemiological information conducted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday.

He said there have been 108 cases hospitalised in the third wave 60 of which were due to the COVID-19 infection.

Out of the 60 cases, 50 are in Category 4, and 10 in Category 5.

 

The minister said so far, no cases have required an ECMO machine in the third wave.

Meanwhile, 48 Categories 4 or 5 patients hospitalised are due to other health problems, “which means that 99.95 per cent of the cases have mild or moderate signs of infection or symptoms”, the minister added.

On the analysis of vaccine effectiveness against severe diseases in adults, the graph as of March 11 showed that for every 10,000 people who have received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, 5.7 people will be placed in Category 4 or 5.

Meanwhile, for every 10,000 people who have received two doses, 13.7 people will be in Categories 4 or 5, and for every 10,000 people with a single dose of the vaccine, 36.6 people will be in Categories 4 or 5.

The graph also indicated that for every 10,000 who did not receive the vaccine, 72.5 people will be in Categories 4 or 5.

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